- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 3 | 1 – 31 March 2015
- GFDDR: Another Nargis Strikes Every Day: Post-Nargis Social Impacts Monitoring Five Years On
- UNHCR: Forced Migration and the Myanmar Peace Process
Appeals & Funding
A review of the “six-plus-one” coordination functions in Myanmar found poor results in Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP); subsequently, an AAP-specific study was conducted, to examine strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Snapshot 9–14 April 2015
Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.
Highlights of the ICRC's work in 2014
- Over 8,400 detainees received access to safe drinking water and functioning sanitation facilities
- More than 1,400 phone calls were made to families of Bangladeshi and Myanmar migrants in Thai detention centres
- Nearly 432 people benefited from Micro Economic Initiatives
A fire broke out in the refugee camp Ban Mai Nai Soi in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand, on Tuesday the 7th of April 2015. Fortunately there were no casualties, but significant damage was done and 148 houses were totally destroyed by the flames. Moreover two community buildings (one school and one psycho-social clinic) were burnt to the ground. 185 families – or 1,065 persons – have been directly affected by the fire, and they are now being cared for by the Ban Mai Nai Soi community of more than 11,000 people.
At 11 AM in the morning of Tuesday the 7th of April a fire broke out in section 12 and section 1 of the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Fortunately there were no casualties, but 185 houses and 2 community buildings – a school and a psycho-social clinic - were totally destroyed by the flames. A video filmed by one of the residents can be seen here
Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand—The International Rescue Committee is assisting over 700 Burmese refugees who were left homeless after fire broke out in the Ban Mae Nai Soi refugee camp in northern Thailand on April 7. Nearly 200 houses were destroyed in the fire, along with a school and several IRC health training facilities.
“It’s a terrible situation for families who were already displaced by war and conflict,” said Christine Petrie, the director of IRC programs in Thailand. “We are doing everything we can to support the community.”
NPA has been requested by the Karen National Union to map the landmine situation in four villages in the southeast of Myanmar. This is the first time NPA will get access to mine-affected areas, and represents an important breakthrough in solving the mine problem in contaminated areas in Myanmar.
NPA Mine action in Myanmar is supported by the European Union with a grant of Euro 3,500,000 and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign with grants of NOK 7,050.000.
Ferry sinking in Rakhine claims at least 69 lives; government and local organizations respond
Strengthening women’s participation in decision making in Rakhine IDP camps
Fighting in Kachin and Shan states continues to cause displacement
Cross-line convoys resume in Kachin
Dry season water shortages affect thousands of displaced people
Older IDPs in Kachin: needs and opportunities
The UNDP Myanmar Annual report 2014 describes the work conducted by UNDP in the areas of democratic governance; local governance and disaster resilience and environmental governance. The reports describes the achievements in these three main areas of work, and includes information on funding and partners.
The report has been published in both English and in the Myanmar language.
Helping displaced people have access to enough clean water throughout the year
As temperatures soar towards the end of March and with little to no rain until the month of May, the dry season poses a serious challenge to the thousands of displaced people in Myanmar. Every year, inadequate access to water affects the health, hygiene and sanitation of displaced people and hampers essential activities like cooking.
By SPIKE JOHNSON
RANGOON — The sun is sinking into the Rangoon River, one of lower Burma’s main waterways. It is dotted with small boats on their way to dusky moorings. Arkar Min, 21, rides a water taxi with seven men, all of them silent. They’ve spent the day hauling fish into trucks. Now they rest against one another, backs between knees, arms around shoulders, heads on laps, lulled by the rhythmic thump of the engine.
Since February 9, Kokang Self-Administered Zone has been severally affected by continuous armed conflict between the Government forces and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) supported by Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Arakan Army. A state of emergency, declared by the President, is still in place.
Ongoing clashes have resulted in a massive displacement of people from Kokang to adjacent northern Shan State, Wa Self-Administrative Division, and Yunnan Province of China, where several camps were formed.
Myanmar President Thein Sein held rare talks Wednesday with dozens of political leaders to discuss upcoming elections and finalizing a nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) with ethnic armies, according to a minister from his office and a lawmaker who attended the meeting.
The closed-door talks with 42 representatives, including opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi, was held at Thein Sein’s home in the capital Naypyidaw and comes ahead of high-level six-party talks on constitutional reform scheduled for Friday.
By KYAW KHA/ THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, April 8, 2015 |
Renewed fighting was reported this week between Burma Army troops and three ethnic armed groups in Kachin and Shan states, less than a week after ethnic negotiators reached a tentative agreement with their government counterparts on the draft text for a nationwide ceasefire accord.
Fresh clashes erupted between government forces and Kachin, Kokang and Palaung rebels at three separate locations in northern and northeast Burma beginning Sunday, according to spokespeople from the respective armed groups.
Two hundred and seventy seven servicemen of the Burmese military, including 50 officers, have had action taken against them for recruiting child soldiers, according to Deputy Home Affairs minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint.
Snapshot 1–8 April 2015
Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.