The Wagga Kachin community is doing their bit to help those back home who are faced with the devastation of conflict.
Well-known singers from Burma, – Lseng Zi, Htee Paw Saw and Nin Zi May – arrived in Wagga on Friday ahead of a fundraising concert on Saturday night.
More than 1000 people have fled Northern Myanmar, where the Burmese military are conducting airstrikes on Kachin rebels, and have sought refuge with the Catholic and Baptist churches in the state’s capital.
The conflict has also trapped more than 2000 civilians leaving them without food, water and access to medication.
Jason Nang Hee fled Kachin and now lives in Wagga with his wife, but wants to do what he can to help those stuck in the conflict.
“The fundraising event will focus on helping our people,” he said.
“Homes have been destroyed and many people have had to forsake their home.”
Ticket prices are $30 for one person or $50 for two and Mr Nang Hee encourages everyone in the Wagga community to come along and enjoy the music.
Doors open at 7pm at Henschke Primary School, 105 Fernleigh Road, Turvey Park.
In a statement released in late April, the United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator in Myanmar, Knut Ostby said he was concerned by these reports.
“I have been particularly alarmed of reports of civilian casualties and the plight of communities affected by the fighting in Tanai and Hpakant townships, while other areas have been gravely affected as well,” he said.
“This includes possibly up to 2000 people who reportedly have been displaced from Awng Lawt, Sut Ring Yang and Sut Ra villages in Tanai Township.
“They are said to be sheltering in a remote forest area and unable to leave.”