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40,000 flee Myanmar seeking refuge in China

02-10-2012 10:29 BJT

40 thousand refugees from fighting in remote northern Myanmar have flooded to the Chinese border, seeking refuge.

Among them, a Chinese aid group says , 25 thousand have already entered southwestern China’s Yunnan Province since the beginning of the year. Many of them are women, children and elderly. The exodus is being driven by fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Kachin Independence Army, one of the country’s most powerful rebel groups.

Fighting erupted after a 17-year-old ceasefire broke down last June. Although the intensity of the fighting has eased, aid groups fear that more people will flee and exacerbate dire conditions.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: CNTV.CN

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