Dossier September 2015

Myanmar. Kachin, the forgotten people

Kachin people are one among many racial groups in Myanmar (Burma), South East Asia, and were a nomadic community. They had a separate country before British rule but then it became a part of Myanmar after their regime. It is located in the northern part of Myanmar adjoining the Peoples Republic of China in the…

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The Conflict in Kachin Land

The Kachin people were living between the Burmese and Chinese Kingdoms as if sandwiched between these two powers.Whenever the Burmese kings wanted to cross to China, they had to consult with the Kachin chiefs first. Living in this buffer zone, the Kachin people controlled this borderland from time immemorial and during the pre-colonial era the…

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The Problems: economic and social perspectives

Farming is a way of life for all Kachins and even the Chief is an agriculturist but has no specialization. The Kachins do the following: their main livelihood is agriculture, they have animals like pigs, goats and so on for supplementary income. They are also hunters and manufacturing was virtually unknown until recently. In common…

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The Catholic Church

The early works the Catholic Mission in Kachin Land can be traced back to the time of the great legendary missionary Bishop Paul Ambrose Bigandet MEP (Missions Etrangers de Paris), the Foreign Mission Society of Paris. He was then the vicar of Pegu, lower Burma, under the Colonial English Rule and the vicar of Ava…

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The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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