There are an estimated 3600 IDPs from 11 villages in Paletwa currently taking refuge in two villages – Meezar and Shin Letwa – who are in need of basic food and medicine. Moreover, 118 schools in Paletwa remain closed as a result of fighting between the AA and military, although schools across Myanmar have been opened since June. Fighting in and around Paletwa began in 2015, when the AA is believed to havemoved into the area. The township is one of nine in Myanmar that had its mobile phone internet service shut down by order of the government in June, ostensibly to ensure stability and rule of law.According to the volunteers, some villagers, especially young children, are suffering health problems due to malnutrition.
Chin people say civilians in Paletwa are caught in the middle of clashes between the AAand the Tatmadaw (military) and are asking that the fighting be stopped. KALAY-Relief And Rehabilitation Committee for Chin IDPs(RRCCI) announced that the civilians and internally displaced persons in Paletwa Township, Chin state already faced food shortage.Due to ongoing fighting occurring in Paletwa Township, Chin State, 1,132 households comprising 5,090 family members are now abandoning their homes.Although Matupi Township in Chin State provided rice and other ratios to 2,961 IDPs living in Semi Township in timely, Paletwa Township and its neighboring areas, nearly 40-mile distance far from Semi Township, are still lacking food. PMI’s religious leaders and religious organizations supported with rice.