No end in sight amid season of slaughter
Anxiety is increasing among front-line soldiers and refugees in Kachin state as the government's recently revealed use of foreign-sourced heavy artillery suggests that the bloody conflict will only intensify and hopes for the ethnic group's cause may be dwindling
For Kachin huddled into refugee camps in Laiza, the ethnic group's administrative capital, and others who have been driven into the jungle by the bloody conflict engulfing their state, the prevailing mood of this holiday season is one of fear.
INSTRUMENTS OF WAR: These Myanmar army weapons were seized by Kachin forces in December in Laja Yang.
The festivities that the Christian majority ethnic group would under better circumstances be enjoying _ holiday decorations, Christmas carolling, church services _ are either very low key or absent entirely.
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