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Medical personnel tend to internally displaced people in Myanmar's Karen State following military air strikes in the area, in this handout image released on May 7.   © Karen Medical Information/AFP
Asia Insight

Myanmar violence, hunger and ruin risk deeper refugee crisis

Flaring conflicts between military and ethnic groups make bad situation worse

DOMINIC FAULDER, Nikkei Asia associate editor | Southeast Asia

BANGKOK -- A bitter tide of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, is washing up along the historically fractious Myanmar-Thailand border as fighting spreads into new areas.

Over 50,000 people from some 150 villages were reported to have fled their homes around Loikaw and Demoso in the north of Kayah State and Shan State's southerly Pekon township after fighting erupted on May 21.

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