URGENT: Tell USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah to Urgently Provide Lifesaving Aid to over 85,000 Kachin IDPs TODAY!
Since the Burmese Army broke a 17 year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Organization in June 2011, Kachin villagers have been subjected to widespread human rights abuses on regular basis. Tragically, the situation for Kachin civilians continues to deteriorate. Since June 2011, more than 85,000 people have been forced to flee attacks by the Burmese Army, seeking shelter in hiding sites and makeshift internally displaced persons camps set up by local Kachin community based organizations. Dangerously low amounts of humanitarian aid have been given to the Kachin refugees, resulting in the deaths of some children, elderly and women from treatable diseases, including diarrhea.
We have a responsibility to ensure it is not at the expenses of the lives of Burma's ethnic minorities. We must demand the U.S. government to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the Kachin IDPs.