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7 stories of hope from Myanmar

They have lost homes, land and livelihoods. They have also lost their sense of safety.

One of the longest running conflicts in the world, Myanmar's Kachin conflict remains largely forgotten.

There are over 100,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) living in camps across Kachin State in the North of Myanmar. Many of the people in these camps have lived here for over 8 years, having fled their homes and their land due to the conflict that re-erupted in Kachin in 2011.  

For the families here, the prospect of returning to their land and their homes diminishes every day. Their lives are on hold.

Many of their villages have been destroyed. The land is littered with landmines or has been taken over. Even if they do have land to return to, they are fearful of the risk and danger of returning and the violence that could await them.

Trócaire is providing some hope to these people with humanitarian assistance. With local partner organisations, we are providing people living in these camps with shelter, food and cash, livelihood development and psychological support.

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Here are 7 stories of people we have supported:

Life hasn’t been easy for Nhprang Kai Htang. The 47-year tragically lost her husband just before the conflict broke out and then was forced to flee with her family in 2012 to the safety of an IDP camp. Through Trócaire’s local partner, she receives food to feed her family. When there is work available, she works as a daily labourer to gain some more income for her family.

“We would like to ask you to keep supporting us in the future” she says.

Photo : Gyung Dau / Trócaire

Myanmar IDPs in Kachin

“There was very intense gunfire” says 30 year old Galau Lu Mai about the day she decided to flee to the safety of an IDP camp.

“We are grateful for the food assistance we received” says Galau. “If we do not get any assistance, we don’t know what to do. There are many children in our family”. She has 11 family members to support.

Photo : Gyung Dau / Trócaire

Maji Hka Ra fled the fighting when they heard gunshots very close to her village. She has lived in Lana Zup Ja camp for displaced people for the last seven years. Trócaire’s local partners have supported her family with food assistance.

“We thank the organisations who have helped us” she says. “Because of their assistance, we do not have to buy rice”.

Photo : Gyung Dau / Trócaire

“We never run out of food in the camp” says seventy year old Pausa Kaw Shawng who is half paralysed.

Pausa fled the fighting in her local village and has lived in Bum Tsit Pa camp for displaced people for the last seven years with five family members.

Trócaire’s local partner has supported her family with food assistance. Although she longs to return to her village, she says her family can feel safe in the camp. “The good thing in this camp is that we can live peacefully. We never hear guns firing, and also armed troops never come into the camp”.

Photo : Yawng Htang / Trócaire

Living in the Je Yang camp for over eight years, Marip Htu Bu longs for an end to the conflict. “We cannot go anywhere since we are living in the camp” she says. She worries her children will miss out while growing up in a camp, compared to normal children.

However, she appreciates the support provided to her from Trócaire’s local partners. “When we do not have food, and an organisation comes to the camp and provide foods for us, we are very happy at that moment” says Marip Htu Bu.

Photo : Yawng Htang / Trócaire

IDPs in Myanmar

“We always receive enough food” says 64 year old Lashi Yaw about the support he receives from Trócaire’s project. The rice, salt and cooking oil he receives helps him support his family of five. They fled their village when the fighting broke out and now live in Pa Kahtawng camp.

He has managed to find additional work on banana plantation sites to supplement his income, but would like to be able to start his own farm. He dreams of returning home to his farm where he worked on his land for 20 years but realises that it’s not safe yet to do that.

Photo : Gyung Dau / Trócaire

Sam Tu receives support from Trócaire

62 year old Mying-Sam Tu has been supported by Trócaire’s local partners with food to help him support his family of 4 children.

 “I don’t know what to say because we are facing the most difficult situation in our life” says Sam Tu. “We just want peace and to return to our village of origin”.

Photo : Gyung Dau / Trócaire

Your support this Christmas will help people in some of the longest-running conflicts in the world like in Myanmar, Palestine, South Sudan, and Somalia.

Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal will deliver food, shelter, medicine and hope to people living through conflict.

Please donate now and provide hope this Christmas