More people displaced in Myanmar’s Mawlamyaine diocese

Displaced people are provided food in a church shelter in the parish of Kade. (Photo supplied)

Thousands of people continue to be displaced in several areas in Myanmar, said reports received by Radio Veritas Asia from communities.

In the the Diocese of Mawlamyaine, at least 180 displaced people have been provided temporary shelter in Kade’ parish.

“The parish center is the safest place to take refuge,” said a parish worker who asked not to be named for security reasons.

“We request our friends near and far to remember us in prayer in this time of difficulties that we are going through in Myanmar,” said the parish worker.

A religious nun who has been working with the displaced said “people are depressed.”

She said people think that there is no more future for their children because there are no more schools.

Media reports said fighting between the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) and local defense groups has forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes in Myanmar’s Chin state.

On September 10, military airstrikes and heavy shelling forced people from Lungler village in Thantlang township, Chin state, to seek shelter in nearby villages. 

At least 150 people reportedly fled into neighboring Mizoram state in northeastern India, where local NGOs are providing shelter and food.

Up to 16,700 people have already been displaced in several townships in the western state of Myanmar, including those who are taking refuge at churches.

Human Rights Watch’s data noted that about 16,000 people from Myanmar have fled to four Indian border states. - Saw Hubert / RVA News