A female recruit of the Kachin Independence Army, prays before lunch during a military training at the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) headquarters in Laiza, Kachin State, Myanmar, 08 November 2017 (issued 20 November 2017). The KIA is the military wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) that was founded in 1961 and signed a cease-fire agreement with the government on 1994. The agreement was broken after 17 years when Myanmar’s military and the KIA resumed fighting in 2011. Recruits from all religions can apply for the KIA’s open Mong Seng Yang military training, provided that they already are 18 years old. The training takes 45 days and includes military training, history of the Kachin ethnic group and law.