Saturday, August 29, 2009

Myanmar Refugees Fleeing to China

Barbara Demick reports for the LA Times:

Thousands of refugees from Myanmar have poured across the border into China in recent weeks amid troubling signs that a 20-year cease-fire between ethnic minorities and Myanmar's military rulers might be unraveling.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said as many as 30,000 people had fled fighting in Myanmar; sources on the Chinese side of the border put the figure at 5,000 to 10,000.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in a statement Friday urged the Myanmar government to "safeguard the regional stability of its bordering area with China."

A Chinese intelligence officer in Nansan, a border town, said the Chinese government was arranging emergency housing for refugees in an attempt to restore stability. Click here for the rest of the story.


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