On the banks of the Sittaung, displaced villagers struggle to survive

As the number of IDPs in Myanmar continues to climb, those living near the junta’s capital face growing hardship

More than 60,000 people have been uprooted by fighting in eastern Bago Region since the start of the year, and their situation is becoming increasingly desperate, according to local relief workers assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region.

Along the banks of the Sittaung River, just south of the junta’s administrative capital Naypyitaw, lies territory largely controlled by  Brigade 3 of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). As the group continues its push towards the regime stronghold, the military has unleashed relentless attacks on the area.

“Last year, only residents of the eastern bank of the Sittaung River were forced to leave their homes due to junta shelling and advances into the area, but this year, we have seen an increase in displacement affecting residents on the western bank as well,” said a representative of the Committee for IDPs of Mu Township.

Mu Township is one. . .

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