The Kachin Post / June 24, 2020
A Tokyo based The Nippon Foundation has started distributing its million dollar grants to relocate Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Burma’s Kachin State through the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), securing a new location for the Kachin war refugees.
The first batch of almost 400 IDP will be relocated to the new site near the Zin Dam village, which is located between Puta-O Township and Machanbaw Township in northern Kachin State, according to the Chairman of KBC Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson. He told The Kachin Post that KBC will build new homes for Kachin refugees with the funding received from The Nippon Foundation.
Most of the Kachin IDP are the current residents of Lung Tsawt IDP camp and previous residents of N’hka Ga, N’pyi Ga and Ning Tan Gawng villages in northern Kachin State. The KBC is working with the Burmese government to resettle the Kachin war refugees to the new camp which will be build on 62 acres of bought land, Samson added.
The Nippon Foundation announced end of last year that it will contribute US $5 million to help returned home for 3,000 Kachin IDP in northern Burma and the program would be started implementing the first half of 2020. The Nippon’s program intends for the displaced persons from Burmese government controlled areas.
Over a hundred thousand Kachin war refugees have been displaced from their homes since 2011 when the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) resume fighting due to the breakdown of 17 years old ceasefire agreement. Majority of Kachin IDP live at the make-shift camps under the controlled area of KIA along the Chinese border.
The Nippon Foundation is a non-profit grant-making organization. It was established in 1962 by Ryoichi Sasakawa, focusing on philanthropic work home and abroad.