The Chinese community in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, donated over 20 million Kyat (US$23,529) to the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) yesterday.
The money will help some of the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have displaced by the ongoing conflict between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese military.
According to KBC General Secretary Rev. Hkalam Sam Sun, 21 million Kyat (US$24,706) was donated from Chinese households and 470 thousand Kyat (US$553) from Chinese students.
“They were sad the Kachin community has suffered a lot from the war which has lasted over one year. They said they hadn’t donated money before therefore it was time to help out,” said Hkalam Sam Sun.
The donation was given to KBC by 27 Chinese elders yesterday.
The money can be used to help provide educational support for the IDPs, according to KBC.
There are an estimated 20,000 IDPs in Waingmaw (Waimaw), Myitkyina and Bhamo (Manmaw) Townships, under Burmese government control.
Last July, Chinese authorities from Ying Jiang, Yunnan State in China donated medicine valued at one-million Yuan for Kachin IDPs.