Photographer Hkun Li travels into the deep north of Kachin state to visit Hpare IDP Camp and surrounding KIA outposts, which straddle the South Western Chinese border.
Hpare is one of the most secluded IDP camps in the world, IDP’s in this area receive little to no aid other than a small rice ration from the KIO. These small camps began opening in 2011 after the resumption of fighting.
Residents mostly survive off plain rice as the land isn’t fertile enough to farm and due to it’s close proximity to the Chinese border those brave enough to head to the river to fish or scavenge for firewood face a serious risk of being arrested by the Chinese military who tightly patrol this stretch of the border.
There’s little to no sanitation or healthcare in the camp, children face a serious risk of phenomena in the winter, particularly as their clothes are often well worn and even collecting firewood can be difficult in the craggily hills.