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MYITKYINA, Myanmar – As the Myanmar army's bombs started falling, the 92-year-old grandmother and her neighbors decided they had no choice but to grab what they could and scatter into the jungle.
Nlam Numrang Doi recalled: "We were in so much trouble, I couldn't even swallow my food."
She climbed onto her grandson's back and he carried her to a river where she and other Kachin residents boarded boats to reach the state capital, part of a wave of 6,800 people who left their homes in Kachin since a fresh government offensive began in April.
The offensive to defeat Kachin rebels has renewed accusations that the army is creating a similar humanitarian crisis to the one spawned by its violence against Rohingya Muslims.