Methawaw - Some Kayin IDPs have tried to flee to Thailand in the wake of clashes between the Myanmar Border Guard Forces and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army in Methawaw, Hlaingbwe Township.
However, most of the IDPs have remained in Myanmar and are taking shelter in Myainggyingu, Kayin State.
The refugees come from 20 villages in Methawaw. Many remain trapped in Methawaw.
“The number of the IDPs to arrive at the Myainggyingu refugee camp is lower than the number in Methawaw. There are about 4,000 IDPs in the Myainggyingu refugee camp. Those people face difficulty travelling and procuring provisions. Therefore, they are hoping for assistance from Thailand,” said a volunteer at the camp on the condition on anonymity.
Myanmar and Thailand have tightened security on their respective sides of the border, stopping trade in some areas.
The clashes began on September 10. IDPs trapped in Myainggyingu are vulnerable to food shortages and health problems.