Myanmar Aid Groups Seek Aid for Kachin IDPs

Local aid groups assisting internally displaced people in Myanmar’s northernmost state have renewed calls for international funding for relief and food aid operations in the conflict-affected area.

More than 25,000 IDPs in Kachin, which borders China and Myanmar, are in need of urgent assistance. But local aid groups lack the capacity to address their needs adequately, a coordinator for the Relief Action Network for IDPs, a network of local non-governmental organizations, told IRIN News.

Aid groups in the state said the most urgent needs are food, shelter and medicine. The IDPs also need school supplies and psychosocial support, aid workers said, according to IRIN News. The news agency notes a $2.4 million funding request sent to the international community for humanitarian operations in Kachin has so far earned little response.

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