Thursday, July 30, 2015


"Women and girls need to have a meaningful and active role in the peace process. With cease-fire talks and the upcoming elections, it's essential that all of Myanmar's people, including those displaced, can be engaged in decisions that affect their future."
Our Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt travelled to Myitkyina township in Kachin State on Thursday, to meet with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Among those she met, a 90-year-old woman who described how she has been displaced for most of her life, approximately 10 times since the 1960s, and most recently in 2012.
The over 100,000 people in Myitkyina have been displaced since 2011 when a cease-fire between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down.

Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart

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