UN convoy brings humanitarian aid to displaced in Myanmar's Kachin state

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A UN relief convoy delivering assistance to communities cut-off by conflict in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State. [Photo: OCHA ]

The first aid convoy in nearly two years has delivered food, medicine and other supplies to 4,300 displaced people in a town in Myanmar's Kachin state, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports.

The agency says the convoy, which set out for the eastern town of Laiza on Saturday, was on its way back to the state capital on Tuesday.

Fighting between government forces and the Kachin Independence Organization in June 2011 has displaced thousands of people, and the last humanitarian convoy to Laiza arrived that December.

Jens Laerke is OCHA spokesperson in Geneva.

 "This is the first time that a cross-line mission into Laiza has been permitted by the government in more than 20 months, The UN and our partners in Myanmar are telling us that it is essential that this convoy should be the first of many to the area to help the people there.   There is a total of 53,000 people in need in areas not controlled by the government."

OCHA says the relief items will supplement assistance delivered on a regular basis by local groups and other partners.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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