Chan Wai Soe
After visiting shelters of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Myanmar National Human Rights Commission issued a statement on June 26 that responsible officials such as respective government authority, members of parliaments, and military personnel should arrange safety living of IDPs in the camps, and free and secure travelling in the region.
Officials from Myanmar National Human Rights Commission visited IDPs camps in Kachin State and suggested solutions to solve difficulties IDPs are facing in the camps.
They visited IDPs in Moe Kaung, Karmaing, Myitkyina and Waimaw townships. IDPs while they are fleeing from the conflict, they faced shortage of drinking water and food, lack of medicine for treatment of illness and cholera, insufficient materials in roofing and camping, children and elderly people were weakened along the way and they had to carry, expectant mothers had to deliver their babies on the way, due to bad weather, some elderly people and children were died, the statement stated.
While the IDPs are sheltering in the forests, sometimes, they had to go back to their native places to fetch food and water. At that time, they found out that their houses were destroyed, properties lost or animals kept in houses were killed or lost, it continued.
Besides, temporary tents in the IDPS camps are closely situated and insufficient for the IDPs, no boundary line between one family and another family and so, in the long term, unnecessary social problems may occur. Moreover, lack of clean water may lead to spread of infectious diseases, unable to get drinking water and water for daily use. In some IDPs camps where families are allowed to cook for themselves, kitchen and tents are closely situated and fire may easily break out. In addition, donors donated only rice and beans to IDP camps and cash is required for buying culinary crops or meat and fish.
Although officials have arranged children in IDP camps to attend schools, due to lack of basic requirements, children faced difficulties in attending schools.
Moreover, Tanai IDP camp is not recognized as IDP camp and as a consequence, they don’t get assistances provided to IDP camps by the government or the well-wishers.
Therefore, to solve the hardships faced by the IDPs, government should give effective assistances as well as they need to arrange to get donations from the good hearted people from local and abroad, the Commission suggested.
Now that there is cease fire in the region, but locals aren’t able to go homes yet. So, respective government authority, members of parliaments, and military personnel should go to these places and help IDPs to live safely in the region, to work for gaining trust from the locals and help them in agriculture works and free travelling in the region. Furthermore, the State should carry out Union Peace Process as quickly as possible as locals face various kinds of hardships when there is no peace in the country.