Inside Kachin


It was really helpful for the viewers hearing from these three different personals: Victor Gao, a so called representative of the China based friendship association between Myanmar government and Kachin, Phil Robertson, a human rights watch and Zoya Phan, a refugee and a political analyst living in UK.

Gao’s main interest is the welfare of China that the Kachin refugees should not cross into China and disturb it’s peace. For that reason, his association was probably established ( the legitimacy of it is still doubtful). He isn’t siding with any party avoiding whatever problem that may cause to them. However, as an individual who cares enough for the misfortune ones, he should get into this conversation with open mind and maturity. He denied the fact that China is somehow the cause of this chaos. Why has he never mentioned that China constantly pursues their plan to establish gold mines and power plants inside Kachin state and other parts of Myanmar? The sovereignty and peace of the Kachins were disturbed by the entry of a bunch of Chinese. Tensions were built between the government and the Kachins protecting their land and rivers. When the chaos comes China wants to wash theirs hands and send the refugees back to Kachin state.

It is as well true that the government has been blocking humanitarian aids across Kachin for they fear that the real situation might be covered by the media, neglecting the sufferings of the Kachin refugees. The cruelty of the government and their ignorance is exposed here. The reason they gave to the world  for blocking the humanitarian groups was pretty funny as well. They reasoned that the aids might go to KIA ( Kachin Independence Army). However, as Robertson, in the video, has explained, the humanitarian aids agents have the capability to differentiate between the combatants and the civilians. It is just a very naive and bold reason that the government gave.

Zoya Phan has made the situation and it’s root very clear. It is the will of the Kachins led by KIO and KIA to have the autonomous federal state. It is the only demand they imposed on the government and the demand actually is quite relevant with the democratic reform that Thein Sein is leading. If the demand is not foreign to such a now- democratic nation, why can’t they just give it to them? Not just to Kachin state, but to all the states across Myanmar.  Zoya added that it is the aim of the military to crash KIA down and level up the military power inside Myanmar. Knowing the situation in general now, we can conclude that Myanmar government has never given up their hope to maintain the control it’s military has on the country and people. A road to democracy as they put it is just an excuse and a hide out for their smoother road to military regime.

Zau Ra