Refugee center surpasses new-arrival quota for year
By SARA TRACEY
In a familiar mix of mostly Burmese, Bhutanese, Sudanese and Iraqi refugees, the Mohawk Valley Refugee Center has surpassed its quota of new arrivals for the year.
As of Wednesday, the center has welcomed 461 refugees, slightly more than the 450 it hoped to hit between Oct. 1, 2012, and now. That compared to 389 refugees the previous year.Some individuals and families still are trickling in until Sept. 30 — the last day to reach the quota.
Burmese soldiers confiscated church alms during Nhka Ga interrogation
Written by Kachin News Group
Burmese government soldiers purportedly robbed the entire alms collection of Kachin Baptist Church in Nhka Ga village, where fighting between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has been ongoing since Aug. 28, according to aid workers stationed in the village.The sources said that an estimated 1,000,000 Kyat (US$1,041) was confiscated by Burmese soldiers of Infantry Battalion No. 138, during an incident in early September that involved the detention and violent interrogation of both clergy and civilians.
Thousands of Burmese remain homeless after communal clashes
IRINMEIKTILA, 20 September 2013 (IRIN) - Close to 4,000 people in Meiktila remain displaced as residents of this otherwise quiet Burmese university town mark the six-month anniversary of one of Myanmar's worst incidents of sectarian violence in decades.
"We're desperate to learn when we can return to our homes," Yee Yee Win, a 40-year-old Muslim woman, told IRIN as she prepared dinner for her seven-member family in an overcrowded camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The camp is set up within the grounds of the local water authorities and houses some 870 residents.
"We don't want to live in this camp any longer. We want to go back as soon as possible," her husband, Than Win, jumped in.
Burma’s Police, Farmers Clash as Six Charged for Trespassing on Confiscated Farmland
Burma’s police and farmers in Naypyidaw’s Popathiri Township clashed early Thursday morning when police raided homes of residents, who are demanding they be allowed to return to farmland confiscated by the Ministry of Information (MOI).Trespassing charges have been filed against six leaders of the residents, who are now in hiding. The six escaped arrest as angry residents of Weigyi village detained almost 30 police officers and allegedly injured seven police.
Central Bank Confirms $7.6B in Burmese Funds Held in Overseas Accounts
NAYPYIDAW — Burma’s Central Bank chairman confirmed recent claims that the government holds billions of dollars of foreign reserves in overseas bank accounts. He said on Friday that a total US $7.6 billion was kept offshore by Burmese state-owned and private banks.
Central Bank Chairman Kyaw Kyaw Maung, President’s Office Minister Soe Thein and Deputy Energy Minister Myint Zaw held a general press conference in Naypyidaw on Friday morning.Asked by The Irrawaddy about recent reports that claimed that the government held up to $11 billion in several bank accounts in Singapore, Kyaw Kyaw Maung said the claims were partially true.
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