This is a testimony by Ah Noh of the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand to the US Congress on 28 Feb, 2013.
Firstly I would like to say thank you to Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for inviting me to testify today.
I am from Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, home of the Kachin people and most of the Christian minority of Burma. In June 2011, the Burmese Army broke a 17-year long ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (also called KIA). Since then, troops from over 140 Burmese battalions have launched a violent operation in Kachin state and Northern Shan state, using heavy artillery and aircraft. Over 100,000 people have been displaced, including my 78-year-old grandmother, who spent her earlier life fleeing the civil war, and is once again homeless.