• Scenes of bustling streets around locations including downtown Muse’s central market and clocktower are seen on December 23, even as military tension grows in the area (Myanmar Now)

    In Photos: Muse rumoured to be next target of resistance forces set on driving junta out of northern Shan State

    Activity in downtown Muse has continued, even as military tension escalates around the critical border trade town following the seizure of the nearby 105-Mile Trade Zone by allied ethnic armed organisations

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  • IN PICTURES: Lethal junta attack shatters Kachin State village

    LAIZA, Kachin State – Munglai Hkyet village, near Myanmar’s border with China, was targeted in a lethal junta attack on Monday night. At least 29 people, including 11 children ranging in age from infancy to 16 years old, were confirmed dead. The 50-household Munglai Hkyet, where 100 displaced families had also been sheltering in a camp, is located less than three miles north of the Laiza headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an ethnic armed organization that has been fighting the Myanmar army for decades. However, locals pointed out that there are no KIA posts in the immediate vicinity, emphasizing that Munglai Hkyet was a civilian target. All the victims of the midnight assault were internally displaced persons. The survivors said that the first shell or bomb exploded at around 11:30 pm while most people were sleeping. As they awoke and fled the blast, at least four more followed. On Tuesday, KIA spokesperson Col. Naw Bu named the junta as the perpetrator of the attack. Regime spokesperson Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun responded to the accusation in pro-army media outlets by saying that the military was still investigating the reason for the ‘explosion’ in Laiza, denying responsibility. Families and community…

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  • ‘It’s very scary, being home’

    Kachin villagers displaced by conflict don’t know what to expect as they begin the journey back to the homes they left behind more than a decade ago

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