“We are so tired, conditions here are much worse. We need proper shelter, to be able to wash. This is the worst experience of our lives. We have had to flee again and again.”
This is what an ethnic Kachin family told me in March when I visited the refugee camp they were sheltering in near Myitkyina, Kachin State. They had first fled their home in 2011 after attacks by the Burmese army and were living in a refugee camp. But they had to run for their lives again, with their 8 children, when the camp was attacked by the Burmese army in December last year.
It was near midnight when they heard the fighter jets and then the bombs dropped on the camp. They had to leave everything behind and run. After spending a month living in temporary shelters near the border with China, they eventually made their way to this camp. The local community is doing its best to help the hundreds of refugees that have arrived in recent months, but everything is in short supply and conditions are harsh.
This family had to flee attacks by the Burmese Army. Their family of ten now have to live in this tent.
And what they want is so simple. They want to go home to their villages, to be able to farm their land again. To be able to live in peace.
They need our help. The military continues to attack ethnic villagers and block efforts for democratic reform and peace.
Burma Campaign UK is working hard to raise awareness of these abuses by the military and keep up the pressure on the military to stop the attacks. But we are struggling to raise the funds needed.
That’s why next Saturday I’m running a sponsored 10K run with my colleagues, Karin Valtersson and Doug Janke. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to it as I’ve never run that far before. But I hope you can make our efforts worthwhile and sponsor our run today.
Please do make a donation and help us help people in Burma who have literally had to run for their lives.