Human Right NGOs have long warned that displaced people and refugees experience high rates of mental illness and suffer from PTSD ( Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression . The practice of Karate, a Japanese martial art based on the spiritual and physical control of one’s body, is a way to recover from those stressful situations and adjust to their new life. The routine also helps to fight off drug addiction. For IDPS and refugees, Karate is a medium of empowerment and they most certainly look up to Aung La, Kachin fighter who became an MMA Champion. This Karate Club is located in the city center of Laiza, capital of the Kachin State, near a Refugee camp. In the city, a place of exile since the escalating fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the refugee population outnumbers the local residents.

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