Kawkayeik, 23 December
The Karen National Union (KNU) reported on December 22 that it provided assistance to more than 10,000 displaced people who arrived in the territory of the KNU Brigade 7 of Hpa-an District due to the fighting in Kawkayeik.
Since December 1, fierce fighting has occurred between the junta army and the joint forces of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in Brigade 6 area of Dooplaya District while the junta conducted artillery shelling and air assault in Kawkayeik, forcing locals to flee their homes.
According to the data gathered by mid-December, a total of more than 10,000 IDPs—nearly 4,500 in Nabu Township, more than 3,500 in Donyin Township, and nearly 2,700 in Paingkyon Township—have taken refuge in the KNU Brigade 7 area of Hpa-an District. The officials from the Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People (CIDKP) and Hpa-an District visited those IDP camps.
The officials met with the displaced people from Kawkayeik and encouraged them, and Hpa-an district and township officials provided them with food and supplies donated by local and overseas donors.
According to the statement, food and health care are needed for the displaced people who have arrived in the area of KNU Brigade 7, as well as school supplies for young children and nutritional food and milk powder for pregnant women and children.
According to KNU, fighting in KNU Brigade 6 of Dooplaya District resulted in nearly 90,000 people being displaced, and the number of people fleeing the conflict has increased in December as fighting has intensified everywhere.
News-Than Lwin Times