The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is a Christians majority rebel group in constant war against the military junta of Burma. The KIA find them selves in a piece of land of no more than 20 sq kilometers, in the northeast of Burma bordering with China. It was formed in 1961 and after the military coup led by General Ne Win in 1962 the KIA was expanded rapidly.
They fund their weapons, from bootlegging. Other weapons are home-made ones, like high-calibre cannons made of pipelines and tea thermos or faulty AK-47 now recycled and converted into rocket launchers to fight against Myanmar Armed Forces' war machinery and its 500.000 soldiers.
The KIA endured a grueling and inconclusive war against the Burmese junta, until the cease fire agreement in 1994.
While ceasefire negotiations are taking place in some ethnic areas, fighting continues in Kachin State, Northern Burma. The Burmese army is pressing its attacks in Kachin State with over 100 battalions deployed. There are around 70,000 Kachin people displaced, and Kachin civilians and soldiers are killed weekly.
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