In mid November the United Nations ‘hailed’ the signing of a ceasefire in Myanmar, describing it as “historic”. However, less than half of the armed ethnic groups involved in the process actually signed the agreement and fighting continues as the oldest civil wars in the world continues to rage along the country’s Northern borders.
The Kachin Independence Army, one of the largest armed ethnic groups, refused to sign the treaty, in part due to the escalation of conflict in KIA controlled zones over the past two months.
Behind the front lines another cold winter is approaching and the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps have been over crowded for years. Now children born into the camps are starting to ask questions about peace and if they’ll ever see it. Young people want to get married and settle down, farmers want to see their orchards again, nobody see’s an IDP camp as a long term home, but for 150,000 Kachins, it’s what has become. Today fear’s among many in Kachin is that the lack of a ceasefire could lead to increased fighting. As winter looms prospects for peace are bleak.
The following images have been taken over the past 5 years since the outbreak of fighting.