U.K officials met Kachin Baptist leaders

Naw Seng / March 12, 2020

Officials from United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) held a meeting yesterday with the leaders from Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) at its headquarter in Myitkyina, Kachin State.

The U.K delegation was led by the Dr. Rurik Marsden, the head of DFID Burma, met with KBC Chairman Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson and Deputy General Secretary Rev. Lagang Ze Hkawng, according to the KBC.

Dr. Samson said both parties discussed about the current situation of Kachin people who suffer from civil war and the return home of over a hundred thousand of Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Most of the internally displace persons are the product of the renewed war between Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) since 2011.

Dr. Samson is also the Chairman of Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC), which was formed by the faith-based leaders from Kachin and northern Shan State to address the needs of Kachin war refugees. KHCC has been advocating for years to both Burmese government and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), a political wing of KIA, to reach a ceasefire deal in order to safe and dignify return home of IDPs.

In December 2019, the Vice Chairman of KHCC Roman Catholic Fr. Paul Awng Dang and his team visited United State capital Washington D.C, holding meetings with U.S officials from State Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, and Office of International Religious Freedom.