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Conflict in Myanmar's Kachin State

Published 2:55 AM ET, Wed January 23, 2013
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An injured Kachin Independence Army soldier receives an injection from a medic on Hka Ya mountain in Kachin province on January 20, 2013. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fighting in Kachin State. Many are sheltering in camps like this one, the Nhkawng Pa Internally Displaced People's (IDP) camp in Moe Mauk township, near Laiza. Photo dated September 19, 2012. Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images/file
KIA soldiers pray before taking their positions at a frontline camp near Mai Ja Yang, outside Laiza, in September 2012. Kachins are predominantly Christian Baptists and Roman Catholics, unlike the majority of people in Myanmar who practice Buddhism. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images
Kachin children play outside wooden shacks at the N-Hkawng Pa Internally Displaced People's (IDP) camp outside Mai Ja Yang, May 2012. Patrick Bodenham/AFP/Getty Images
Children walk past giant statues of monks at a pagoda in the town of Myitkyina, in Kachin province in May 2012. AFP/Getty Images
Kachin people greet Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at Myitkyina airport on February 23, 2012. Suu Kyi has urged an immediate end to hostilities in Kachin State. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images
Myitkyina, seen at the top of the map, is the capital of Kachin State. Many villagers caught in fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army have attempted to flee across the border to Yunnan, China. Google Maps