Ba Nyar, Director of the Karenni Human Rights Group (KNHRG), told the KT after a news conference on the humanitarian situation in Karenni State on May 30th that the number of Karenni refugees dying due to a lack of food and health difficulties is likely to outweigh those died in violent conflicts.

“If the current situation continues, the number of deaths in our state would likely rise dramatically.” In an IDP camp, a kid died of diarrhoea. He says, “This is just the beginning.”

Currently, the refugees require assistance. Internally displaced people (IDPs) are pleading with foreign organisations to help them.

According to a refugee from the west of Demawso, food scarcity is a concern for the refugees in Demawso and Phruso because they are unable to produce during the growing season.

The military council’s transportation restriction regulation, a drug scarcity, starvation, and natural disasters all have the potential to raise death.

“Financial assistance is something we’re hoping for.” If cash help is insufficient, we must work to support ourselves. We’re short on cash. “We’re scared about a food shortage,” a female immigrant adds.

The overall number of civilians killed, according to the list provided by the human rights organisation, has surpassed 200. The true death toll is likely to be greater.

“Civilians were killed by the military council, landmine explosions, mass executions, and harsh shelling, according to the lists. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp has a high fatality rate. According to the list, almost 500 people were slain at the camp. According to the extant records, there have been over 200 deaths, he added.

COVID-19 and a lack of medicines killed residents of the IDP camp. Death rates among the elderly are greater than in the general population.

IDPs account for more over half of Karenni State’s population.

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