Thousands forced to flee Myanmar by crossing border into China

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Since the conflict in eastern Myanmar started in February, thousands of people have fled across the border to seek refuge in China. The Chinese government has stepped in to offer some humanitarian aid and provide temporary shelters. Many refugees are still struggling to get by, unsure when they will be able to go home. 

CCTV’s  Liu Yang filed this report from Yunnan Province.

Thousands forced to flee Myanmar by crossing border into China

Thousands forced to flee Myanmar by crossing border into China

Since the conflict in eastern Myanmar started in February, thousands of people have fled across the border to seek refuge in China. The Chinese government has stepped in to offer some humanitarian aid and provide temporary shelters. Many refugees are still struggling to get by, unsure when they will be able to go home. CCTV's Liu Yang filed this report from Yunnan Province.

Highlights:

  • Some of the younger Myanmar people have found temporary work in China. Just finding a safe place to sleep and having food to eat is enough for most.
  • There are 86 households in one small village in Yunnan Province that lies just 12 kilometers (about seven and a half miles) from the China-Myanmar border.
  • Local people say there are around 900 Myanmar refugees living there temporarily, averaging about 10 per house.
  • Bordering counties in Yunnan province have reported more than 60,000 arrivals from Myanmar since February.