Displaced villagers from Thameelay in Rangoon who were provided resettlement by the Democratic Benevolent Karen Army (DKBA) in Karen State are now receiving healthcare from Dr Cynthia Maung’s Thailand-based Mae Tao Clinic.
The villagers, deemed squatters and evicted from Hlegu Township in Rangoon by local authorities in February, were last week offered new homes by the DKBA in Kyaukkhet village, on the Burmese side of the Thai border, near the armed group’s base near Myawaddy.
This assessment of the rural Dry Zone reveals the nutrition situation to be a concern, with high rates of wasting and medium rates of stunting, high rates of low birth weight and high rates of undernutrition among mothers; particularly those who are pregnant and/or lactating. The pattern of indicators suggests that flood plains and irrigated areas are best off, and the highlands may be worst, but the situation is far from acceptable in the Dry Zone as a whole.
A coalition of aid and relief groups working in Kachin State issued a statement on Monday warning that more than 3,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting in the southeast part of the state, which remains ongoing.
Clashes between Burmese military forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) began last Thursday, 10 April, near the government-controlled town of Man Win Gyi, in an area of Mansi township that is wedged between China and northern Shan State.
Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.
The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.
On April 7th 2014, ILO’s Myanmar Program on the Elimination of Child Labour (My-PEC) held the first multi-stakeholder meeting on child labour at the International Labour Office in Yangon.
This four-year programme funded by the US Department of Labour aims at establishing a comprehensive, inclusive and efficient multi-stakeholder response to reducing child labour in Myanmar. It will provide technical and advisory support in implementing the ILO Convention C182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour that was ratified on December 23rd 2013 by the Government.
MAI JA YANG, Kachin State — Heavy fighting between government forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) displaced more than 300 local residents in eastern Kachin State on Thursday.
The fighting began Thursday morning when government troops attacked KIA Third Brigade positions close to Mai Ja Yang, the second-largest town controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), aid workers operating in the area told The Irrawaddy. The KIO is the political wing of the KIA.
This 25th publication in Conciliation Resources’ Accord series explores the relationship between peace processes and legitimacy. Using first-hand case studies and expert analyses, it maps the perspectives and experiences of a range of actors engaged in processes of transition out of violent conflict – “from coercion to consent”. In the spirit of the Accord series, the various insights presented in the publication hope to inform and inspire better peacebuilding policy and practice by sharing real experiences of endeavour and innovation.
YANGON, April 10, 2014 (AFP) - Myanmar census takers made their final rounds Thursday in the country's first population tally in three decades, which triggered international concern over a refusal to recognise the stateless Rohingya.
More than 10 million households have taken part in the survey, according to official figures for the first 10 days of the 12-day exercise, which is designed to plug widespread information gaps in the poverty-stricken nation.
(Yangon, 9 April 2014) I welcome the response of the Government of the Union of Myanmar to the attacks against the UN and INGO premises in Sittwe, in particular the Government’s public condemnation of the violence, the rapid establishment by the President of the Investigation Commission chaired by the Deputy Minister of Border Affairs, and the recognition that the incident which sparked the attacks was purely unintentional.
The MIMU 3W gathers inputs from participating humanitarian and development agencies on Who is doing What, Where, across Myanmar. This exercise is currently conducted every 6 months, gathering information on agencies’ activities at village/township level (MIMU Village level 3W) as well as in IDP camps (MIMU Camp 3W).
Nay Pyi taW,8 April— The Union Government has announced that it will provide aid groups from the UN and other international organizations with full security services and will cooperate with them on all levels.
New Light of Myanmar:
Now a separate source (previously credited as Gov't of Myanmar)
JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target.
YANGON, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations.
Myanmar’s government is currently in the process of securing a single nationwide lasting peace agreement with all insurgent groups. Up to 16 armed ethnic groups are participating in peace negotiations under the umbrella organisation ‘National Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT). Between December 2013 and March 2014, meetings between the government and the NCCT appeared to indicate growing confidence in the peace process.
YANGON, April 9, 2014 (AFP) - Myanmar promised Wednesday to protect international aid groups targeted by Buddhist mobs in a violence-torn western region, after a chorus of concern from foreign governments and the United Nations.
Following an unusually swift investigation, Myanmar's reformist government conceded it had been slow to respond to unrest that forced humanitarian workers to flee Rakhine state last month, leaving thousands facing looming food and water shortages.