U.S officials met Kachin humanitarian committee

The Kachin Post / December 22, 2019

Officials from U.S State Department and U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) held a meeting with the Vice Chairman of Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC) over the last few days, discussing the support funding and the return home for Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).

Myitkyina based KHCC Vice Chair Roman-Catholic Fr. Paul Awng Dang and Fr. Luigi from Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS) met 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 on Thursday, according to the Washington D.C based Kachin Alliance. On the next day, the KHCC team met with officials from USAID’s Centre for Faith & Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) and Burma Desk office.

Fr. Paul suggested in the meeting that the funding to support IDP should have given directly to local Churches and affected communities. Another participant Fr. John La raised the issues of drug epidemic cases across the Kachin and Northern Shan State and how U.S government can help drug rehabilitation and HIV/AIDS education program.

Kachin Alliance leader Nsang Gum San, who attended both meeting, said USAID has earmarked to give US $ 6 million local-aid for the period of five years as well as regular assistant has been channelling through United Nations.

KHCC was established in 2017 by Kachin faith-based leaders from Kachin and Northern Shan State in order to respond the needs of Kachin IDP. The Chairman of KHCC is Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson of Kachin Baptist Convention. The organization has been advocating both Burmese government and Kachin Independence Organization to reach ceasefire deal in order for Kachin IDP’s safe and dignify return home.

Fr. Luigi is a director of Lashio based Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS) which is the faith based social network at the service of Catholic Church of Myanmar.

KHCC and KMSS are the local humanitarian organization helping many of over a hundred thousands Kachin IDP who were trapped between the armed conflict in Northern Burma.