Kachin Rebels Under Attack
By Harold Hutchison
Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi is being accused by Kahin rebels of abandoning them. The claims come as the rebels have been forced to dig new front lines in the face of a new assault from the Burmese government.
Suu Kyi, who now serves in the Pyithu Hluttaw, the Burmese legislature, served a lengthy sentence of house arrest at the hands of the Burmese junta. However, she has drawn criticism recently.
“Her focus is collecting awards and becoming President, rather than the suffering of our people,” Khon Ja, the founder of the Kachin Peace Network, which organises aid for the displaced, told the London Independent. “Kachin community leaders have been asking to meet her for over a year, but she has continuously refused.”
The Kachin have been fighting for over fifty years to secure greater autonomy in Burma. Recent fighting has come within three miles of their headquarters in the Burmese town of Laiza.