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On June 9th, 2011, the Burma Army refueled the long-term conflict with the Kachins, by attacking Ta Peng Dem. The objective of new attacks is the control over energy resources within the Kachin area, in the North-East of Myanmar. The war has reduced the Kachin territory to a thin strip of land near the China borders, and led to 100,000 IDPs, now living in camps under the KIO control. Internal Displacement is not the only social issue caused by the conflict, as drug addiction has become an even more insidious, although less visible, problem for the Kachin people. Among a population of about 2 million, each household is estimated to have at least one heroin addict member. In the past few years, KIO opened up several Rehab Centers, where addicts are confined for months and “rehabilitated” through the Bible teachings.