Internally displaced refugees wait for food
stamps to be handed out in Jeyang outside of Laiza, in KIA controlled territory
of Kachin State in northern Myanma.

Internally displaced refugees wait for food stamps to be handed out in Jeyang outside of Laiza, in KIA controlled territory of Kachin State in northern Myanma.


 Non-commissioned
officers from village militias who have been trained by the Kachin Independence
Army (KIA) are being sent off after the end of their training.

Non-commissioned officers from village militias who have been trained by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) are being sent off after the end of their training.

 The body of
deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  lies in a
mortuary in Laiza Hospital in Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Maji Tu Ja was killed by
a Burmese Army mortar grenade whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three
other civilians were wounded in the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.

The body of deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  lies in a mortuary in Laiza Hospital in Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Maji Tu Ja was killed by a Burmese Army mortar grenade whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.

 The wife of deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  mourns outside the Hospital in Laiza,
Kachin State in northern Myanmar.  

 Maji Tu Ja (Maji is the family name) was a
farmer and village militiaman who was killed by a Burmese Army mortar grenade
whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in
the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.

The wife of deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  mourns outside the Hospital in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Maji Tu Ja (Maji is the family name) was a farmer and village militiaman who was killed by a Burmese Army mortar grenade whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.

 Young Kachin boys
look at ammunition and weapons seized from the Burmese Army after the KIA won a
battle a few days earlier.

Young Kachin boys look at ammunition and weapons seized from the Burmese Army after the KIA won a battle a few days earlier.

 A KIA soldier, who stands guard in Laiza Hotel, looks
for Burmese aircrafts attacking outposts in the distance.

A KIA soldier, who stands guard in Laiza Hotel, looks for Burmese aircrafts attacking outposts in the distance.

 A battle-wounded Burmese
Army prisoner held captive by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ally of the
All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF) lies in a small house at an outpost in
Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

A battle-wounded Burmese Army prisoner held captive by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ally of the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF) lies in a small house at an outpost in Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

 Two Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) soldiers who each lost a leg to Burmese Army land mines
rest in a hospital in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Two Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers who each lost a leg to Burmese Army land mines rest in a hospital in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

 KIA reinforcements stand on trucks moments
before they depart to the frontline December 28, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in
northern Myanmar. The soldiers were going through a combined basic and officer
training which had not yet finished when they were sent to the frontline. After
a 17-year ceasefire, and despite promises to the contrary from Myanmar
President Thein Sein, the Burmese Army went on an offensive in June 2011.

KIA reinforcements stand on trucks moments before they depart to the frontline December 28, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar. The soldiers were going through a combined basic and officer training which had not yet finished when they were sent to the frontline. After a 17-year ceasefire, and despite promises to the contrary from Myanmar President Thein Sein, the Burmese Army went on an offensive in June 2011.

 Laiza is seen from
a nearby mountain December 29, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.
Laiza town is bordering the Chinese town of Nabang, just across a small river.

Laiza is seen from a nearby mountain December 29, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Laiza town is bordering the Chinese town of Nabang, just across a small river.

 A young girl sit
outside a packed church during mass December 30, 2012 at the Roman Catholic
church in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

A young girl sit outside a packed church during mass December 30, 2012 at the Roman Catholic church in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

  Kachin Independence
Army (KIA) soldiers patrol near the village of Lajayang, a place of recent
fighting, outside of Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers patrol near the village of Lajayang, a place of recent fighting, outside of Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

 Internally
displaced Kachin refugees attend a small Christmas Day Catholic service in a
bamboo home at Jeyang refugee camp December 25, 2012 outside of Laiza, Kachin
State in northern Myanmar. The camp is home to app. 7500 refugees.

Internally displaced Kachin refugees attend a small Christmas Day Catholic service in a bamboo home at Jeyang refugee camp December 25, 2012 outside of Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar. The camp is home to app. 7500 refugees.

 A KIA soldier looks
at the shelling by Burmese heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang in Kachin
State in northern Myanmar.

A KIA soldier looks at the shelling by Burmese heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang in Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

 Two female Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) medics take cover in a bunker as Burmese jets are approaching
in the distance December 30, 2012 close to the small town of Namsangyang. In
recent days, the Burmese Army has deployed helicopter gunships and fighter
jets. 

Two female Kachin Independence Army (KIA) medics take cover in a bunker as Burmese jets are approaching in the distance December 30, 2012 close to the small town of Namsangyang. In recent days, the Burmese Army has deployed helicopter gunships and fighter jets. 

 A KIA soldier sits
in a small bamboo clinic after he was wounded during the shelling by Burmese
heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA forces
had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the rebels’
main town of Laiza.

A KIA soldier sits in a small bamboo clinic after he was wounded during the shelling by Burmese heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA forces had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the rebels’ main town of Laiza.

 KIA soldiers patrol
a few kilometers from where Burmese heavy artillery are shelling the small town
of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA
forces had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the
rebels’ main town of Laiza.

KIA soldiers patrol a few kilometers from where Burmese heavy artillery are shelling the small town of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA forces had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the rebels’ main town of Laiza.

 A bigger sister of Lamung Kailing prays while
her little sister is being treated for injuries sustained from mortar shrapnel
in Laiza Hospital.

A bigger sister of Lamung Kailing prays while her little sister is being treated for injuries sustained from mortar shrapnel in Laiza Hospital.

 Lamung Kailing, 25,
a mother of two, was working in a water melon plantation when two Burmese Army
mortar grenades landed near her and three other villagers. Besides Lamung
Kailing, two other civilians were wounded in the same attack and one village
militiaman working to fix his farming tractor was killed.

Lamung Kailing, 25, a mother of two, was working in a water melon plantation when two Burmese Army mortar grenades landed near her and three other villagers. Besides Lamung Kailing, two other civilians were wounded in the same attack and one village militiaman working to fix his farming tractor was killed.

 Relatives,
Christian Ministers and church members attend the funeral of Maji Tu Ja, 40, who
was killed from Burmese Army mortars 
whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were
wounded in the same attack - two of them seriously.

Relatives, Christian Ministers and church members attend the funeral of Maji Tu Ja, 40, who was killed from Burmese Army mortars  whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in the same attack - two of them seriously.

 Internally displaced refugees wait for food
stamps to be handed out in Jeyang outside of Laiza, in KIA controlled territory
of Kachin State in northern Myanma.
 Non-commissioned
officers from village militias who have been trained by the Kachin Independence
Army (KIA) are being sent off after the end of their training.
 The body of
deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  lies in a
mortuary in Laiza Hospital in Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Maji Tu Ja was killed by
a Burmese Army mortar grenade whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three
other civilians were wounded in the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.
 The wife of deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  mourns outside the Hospital in Laiza,
Kachin State in northern Myanmar.  

 Maji Tu Ja (Maji is the family name) was a
farmer and village militiaman who was killed by a Burmese Army mortar grenade
whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in
the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.
 Young Kachin boys
look at ammunition and weapons seized from the Burmese Army after the KIA won a
battle a few days earlier.
 A KIA soldier, who stands guard in Laiza Hotel, looks
for Burmese aircrafts attacking outposts in the distance.
 A battle-wounded Burmese
Army prisoner held captive by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ally of the
All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF) lies in a small house at an outpost in
Kachin State in northern Myanmar.
 Two Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) soldiers who each lost a leg to Burmese Army land mines
rest in a hospital in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.
 KIA reinforcements stand on trucks moments
before they depart to the frontline December 28, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in
northern Myanmar. The soldiers were going through a combined basic and officer
training which had not yet finished when they were sent to the frontline. After
a 17-year ceasefire, and despite promises to the contrary from Myanmar
President Thein Sein, the Burmese Army went on an offensive in June 2011.
 Laiza is seen from
a nearby mountain December 29, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.
Laiza town is bordering the Chinese town of Nabang, just across a small river.
 A young girl sit
outside a packed church during mass December 30, 2012 at the Roman Catholic
church in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.
  Kachin Independence
Army (KIA) soldiers patrol near the village of Lajayang, a place of recent
fighting, outside of Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.
 Internally
displaced Kachin refugees attend a small Christmas Day Catholic service in a
bamboo home at Jeyang refugee camp December 25, 2012 outside of Laiza, Kachin
State in northern Myanmar. The camp is home to app. 7500 refugees.
 A KIA soldier looks
at the shelling by Burmese heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang in Kachin
State in northern Myanmar.
 Two female Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) medics take cover in a bunker as Burmese jets are approaching
in the distance December 30, 2012 close to the small town of Namsangyang. In
recent days, the Burmese Army has deployed helicopter gunships and fighter
jets. 
 A KIA soldier sits
in a small bamboo clinic after he was wounded during the shelling by Burmese
heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA forces
had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the rebels’
main town of Laiza.
 KIA soldiers patrol
a few kilometers from where Burmese heavy artillery are shelling the small town
of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA
forces had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the
rebels’ main town of Laiza.
 A bigger sister of Lamung Kailing prays while
her little sister is being treated for injuries sustained from mortar shrapnel
in Laiza Hospital.
 Lamung Kailing, 25,
a mother of two, was working in a water melon plantation when two Burmese Army
mortar grenades landed near her and three other villagers. Besides Lamung
Kailing, two other civilians were wounded in the same attack and one village
militiaman working to fix his farming tractor was killed.
 Relatives,
Christian Ministers and church members attend the funeral of Maji Tu Ja, 40, who
was killed from Burmese Army mortars 
whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were
wounded in the same attack - two of them seriously.

Internally displaced refugees wait for food stamps to be handed out in Jeyang outside of Laiza, in KIA controlled territory of Kachin State in northern Myanma.


Non-commissioned officers from village militias who have been trained by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) are being sent off after the end of their training.

The body of deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  lies in a mortuary in Laiza Hospital in Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Maji Tu Ja was killed by a Burmese Army mortar grenade whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.

The wife of deceased Maji Tu Ja, 40,  mourns outside the Hospital in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Maji Tu Ja (Maji is the family name) was a farmer and village militiaman who was killed by a Burmese Army mortar grenade whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in the same mortar attack - two of them seriously.

Young Kachin boys look at ammunition and weapons seized from the Burmese Army after the KIA won a battle a few days earlier.

A KIA soldier, who stands guard in Laiza Hotel, looks for Burmese aircrafts attacking outposts in the distance.

A battle-wounded Burmese Army prisoner held captive by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ally of the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF) lies in a small house at an outpost in Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Two Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers who each lost a leg to Burmese Army land mines rest in a hospital in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

KIA reinforcements stand on trucks moments before they depart to the frontline December 28, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar. The soldiers were going through a combined basic and officer training which had not yet finished when they were sent to the frontline. After a 17-year ceasefire, and despite promises to the contrary from Myanmar President Thein Sein, the Burmese Army went on an offensive in June 2011.

Laiza is seen from a nearby mountain December 29, 2012 in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Laiza town is bordering the Chinese town of Nabang, just across a small river.

A young girl sit outside a packed church during mass December 30, 2012 at the Roman Catholic church in Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers patrol near the village of Lajayang, a place of recent fighting, outside of Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Internally displaced Kachin refugees attend a small Christmas Day Catholic service in a bamboo home at Jeyang refugee camp December 25, 2012 outside of Laiza, Kachin State in northern Myanmar. The camp is home to app. 7500 refugees.

A KIA soldier looks at the shelling by Burmese heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang in Kachin State in northern Myanmar.

Two female Kachin Independence Army (KIA) medics take cover in a bunker as Burmese jets are approaching in the distance December 30, 2012 close to the small town of Namsangyang. In recent days, the Burmese Army has deployed helicopter gunships and fighter jets. 

A KIA soldier sits in a small bamboo clinic after he was wounded during the shelling by Burmese heavy artillery of the small town of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA forces had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the rebels’ main town of Laiza.

KIA soldiers patrol a few kilometers from where Burmese heavy artillery are shelling the small town of Namsangyang. Later that day, KIA forces had to give up the town which sits on an important road leading to the rebels’ main town of Laiza.

A bigger sister of Lamung Kailing prays while her little sister is being treated for injuries sustained from mortar shrapnel in Laiza Hospital.

Lamung Kailing, 25, a mother of two, was working in a water melon plantation when two Burmese Army mortar grenades landed near her and three other villagers. Besides Lamung Kailing, two other civilians were wounded in the same attack and one village militiaman working to fix his farming tractor was killed.

Relatives, Christian Ministers and church members attend the funeral of Maji Tu Ja, 40, who was killed from Burmese Army mortars  whilst repairing his tractor in a field. Three other civilians were wounded in the same attack - two of them seriously.

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