On February 24, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 10 million US dollars to residents and displaced persons affected by the destabilized situation in northern Rakhine State, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Humanitarian aid sent by Malaysia for refugees in Myanmar’s beleaguered Rakhine state arrived in the state capital on Tuesday and will be distributed to both ethnic Rakhine people and Rohingya Muslims in three townships.
Malaysia has delivered hundreds of tons of food and other necessities, including rice, instant noodles, clothing, shoes, and hygiene kits, via the ship Nautical Aliya which arrived in Thilawa Port in Yangon region last week.
This Interview with Saw A--- and Saw B--- describes events occurring in Hlaingbwe Township, Hpa-an District before September 2016, including forced labour, forced porters, arbitrary demands and fighting between armed groups.
Between 2014 and 2016, the villagers who live in E--- and F--- villages, Meh Proo village tract, were forced to do forced labour for the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) led by Commander-in-Chief, Kyaw Thet, and Second Commander-in-Chief, Bo Bee.
As of 19 February, over 30,700 people remain displaced in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) by flooding triggered by a series of weather systems since 8 January. At least 2,100 people are in 18 shelters, while most are staying with relatives and friends. Local authorities and NGOs, with support from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are providing food and other relief items.
119,876 people remain displaced across 36 camps/camp like settings as a result of two spates of violence/burning of houses in 2012. 20-25% decrease in IDP population in 2015 due to individual housing solutions.
Cyclone Komen and flooding in August 2015 resulted in severe damage to over 13,000 houses.
Violence/displacement in northern Rakhine State.
2012-2013: Emergency shelter response for 140,000 persons (see images above/top left & right).
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar – Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are 260 pregnant women. Many of them are sleeping on the roadside, unable to find shelter. Their needs are acute.
The area is highly militarized, and ongoing fighting and unsafe routes restrict access to the people in need.
- In Rakhine, 119,876 people remain displaced across 36camps or camp-like settings. In Kachin/Northern Shan,over 97,500 IDPs are mostly dispersed over 150 camps or camp-like settings but around 10,000 with host families.
A ship filled with food and supplies from Malaysia docked in Yangon yesterday, with the aid to be delivered to two communities in conflict areas in northern Rakhine State, said Dr Win Myat Aye, the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
“We will send the aid to northern Rakhine by navy ships and we will distribute the aid to conflict areas in cooperation with Rakhine Government,” said Dr Win Myat Aye at the press conference held shortly after the arrival of the Malaysian ship.
Myanmar’s foreign affairs ministry said on Thursday the government will conduct an investigation of the crisis in Rakhine state following accusations by the United Nations that security forces committed serious human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims who live there.
Based on interviews with more than 200 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the U.N. report issued on Feb. 3 said the military’s actions “very likely amounted to ethnic cleansing,” though Myanmar's government and military have largely dismissed allegations of abuse against the Muslim minority.
- In Rakhine, 119,876 people remain displaced across 36 camps or camp-like settings. In Kachin/Northern Shan, over 97,500 IDPs are mostly dispersed over 150 camps or camp-like settings but around 10,000 with host families.
Baum Myaw, 12, lives with her family at a camp for displaced people near Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State, Myanmar. Kachin has been affected by conflict since 2011, following the collapse of a 17-year ceasefire. The recent violence has resulted in thousands of deaths and the displacement of around 100,000 civilians, including children. Despite ongoing peace talks, a final deal has proved elusive and the fighting continues.