In Myanmar, conflict threatens reform, 2 years on
In this Feb. 2, 2013 photo, children play with toy pistols at a camp for displaced people in the town of Laiza, in northern Myanmar's Kachin-controlled region. Ethnic groups make up about 40 percent of Myanmar's 60 million people, and there can be no stability without them. In the meantime, Laiza's displaced population "has sunk into depression," said La Rip, a local aid worker who heads a relief group called the Kachin Development Group. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:00 am
LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) - When Myanmar's post-junta government took power two years ago vowing to bring democracy to one of the world's most repressed nations, Da Shi Naw was under no illusion his own life would improve any time soon. But the 61-year-old farmer never dreamed it would actually get worse - a lot worse.
First, a 17-year cease-fire between the army and ethnic Kachin guerrillas relapsed into fighting that tore through his family's fertile rice fields, forcing him to flee into the mountains on foot. Then, after a year in a packed displaced camp far from home, war edged close once more.
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