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Key Figures
Since 2007

  • US$24 million mobilized

  • 77 partner projects funded

  • 860,000 people reached

WHAT IS THE MYANMAR HUMANITARIAN FUND?

31 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • 4,344 Persons of concern in immigration detention facilities

  • 637 Unaccompanied and separated children

  • 3,628 Individual RSD decisions finalized in 2016

  • 1,217 Refugees submitted for resettlement consideration in 2016

  • 1,271 Refugees resettled to third countries in 2016

Population of Concern

31 Dec 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

30 Dec 2016 description

Myanmar has for decades said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and it has declined to grant them citizenship

By Shwe Yee Saw Myint

YANGON, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Friday it will take back 2,415 citizens from Bangladesh, only a tiny fraction of the 300,000 people who Bangladesh says are Myanmar citizens taking refuge there and should go home.

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30 Dec 2016 description

Aid flotilla, departing from Malaysia on Jan. 10, would be carrying 1,000 tonnes of rice, medical aid and other essentials

KUALA LUMPUR/YANGON, Dec 30 (Reuters) - An aid flotilla carrying food and emergency supplies for Rohingya Muslims will sail from Malaysia for Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State next month, the Malaysian organiser said on Friday.

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30 Dec 2016 description

Summary

One year on from the devastating floods that struck the country, around 400,000 people have received emergency assistance and support for their recovery from MRCS and its partners in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Out of that number, 58,000 people were covered through IFRC’s emergency appeal. An infographic of Red Cross milestones from July 2015 to September 2016 is provided on the next page.

30 Dec 2016 description
report Mizzima News

Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide hit a remote jade mining region in Myanmar’s restive Kachin State, the Anadolu Agency reported on 30 December, quoting officials.

The landslide occurred late Wednesday when a 400-foot (122-meter) cliff of debris and waste soil collapsed in Hpakant Township of northern Kachin.

Tin Tun Aung, a local police officer, told the Anadolu Agency that a rescue team started search operations Thursday morning by digging up the landslide.

30 Dec 2016 description

An Overview of Non-Traditional Security

Vishalini Chandara Sagar The study of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) emerged during the post-Cold War period due to significant shifts in the way we understand global security. As risks of traditional inter-state wars and conflicts decline, new security challenges, which are typically non-military in nature, have transpired from transnational threats.

Studies have shown that NTS crises have resulted in more deaths and have had a substantially larger impact on people over time than conventional military threats.

30 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

A third Muslim man whom the Myanmar government said had worked closely with local administrative officials in restive northern Rakhine state has been found dead in violence-ridden Maungdaw township, the State Counselor’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Authorities are investigating the murder of the man who was a former ward administrator in Badakar village and had been working with local authorities on regional development activities, the announcement said.

30 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

More than 150 villagers have fled to camps in Kyaukme township in the northern part of Myanmar’s volatile Shan state to escape intensified fighting between government soldiers and Ta’ang National Liberation Army troops, a local lawmaker said Thursday.

Sai Tun Nyan of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party, who represents the town of Kyaukme, said he and another state lawmaker took residents of Nyaung Maung village to safety in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Kyaukme.

29 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    Saint Martin

29 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s Rakhine state parliament criticized state government leaders on Wednesday for not showing up to discuss an investigation commission’s report on deadly border guard station attacks in October and subsequent violence in the northern part of the state.

The state-level investigation commission submitted a report to Rakhine lawmakers on Tuesday, saying that the October attack and ensuing clashes were planned by Muslim militants who wanted to occupy Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Rathedaung townships, where many of the country’s stateless Rohingya Muslim minority group live.

29 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

A state-level investigation commission tasked with probing the deadly border guard post attacks and subsequent violence in the northern part of the country’s Rakhine state found that the initial October attack was planned, according to a report submitted to the local legislature on Tuesday.

Formed by the Rakhine state parliament on Oct. 24, the commission, which is composed of 11 regional legislators from different political parties, visited Maungdaw and neighboring townships in the aftermath of a deadly Oct. 9 attack on three border guard stations that left nine policemen dead.

29 Dec 2016 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN 28 December 2016

A Burma Army offensive to capture Kachin Independence Army (KIA) outpost Lai Hpawng in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township forced thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to flee nearby camps on Tuesday evening.

Burma Army troops seized Lai Hpawng and six surrounding smaller outposts after a week of air strikes and artillery fire in a continuation of operations that overran the KIA’s strategic Gideon outpost on Dec.16, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief on Tuesday.

28 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 27,000 people in need of food assistance from both Muslims and Rakhine communities in northern Rakhine State.

  • With recent armed conflicts in northern Rakhine and Shan States, WFP’s operations are limited in most areas due to restrictions on movement and access.

  • WFP expanded the school feeding programme to four new states and regions, effectively adding 16,000 schoolchildren to the programme.

Operational Updates

28 Dec 2016 description
report Mizzima News

Three civilians were killed and eight others injured amid fighting between the Myanmar Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in Kyaukme township of northern Shan state, RFA reported on 27 December quoting a local official.

Those killed during the hostilities on 26 December were all men, while the injured includes three children, two women and three monks, all of whom are being treated at Kyaukme hospital, according to Shan state assembly legislator Sai Tun Nyan of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party who represents the town of Kyaukme.

28 Dec 2016 description

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) intercepted 34 boats carrying at least 340 Rohingyas at border and pushed them back to Myanmar/Burma, according to BGB officials.

“They were pushed back from Fuler Dale, Jadimura and Kanjormarha points of Naf River (on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar) to Myanmar on December 25 morning,” said Teknaf-based BGB Battalion’s Major Abu Russel Siddiqui.

The boats tried to intrude into Bangladesh, but, BGB patrols compelled them to go back to Myanmar. Each of the boat carried around 10 people,” he said.

28 Dec 2016 description

New arrival Rohingya migrants are feeling insecurity in Bangladesh because they have no shelter, food, clothing and medical care in proper way, Shakera Bibi said who fled to Bangladesh from Burma.

New arrival Rohingya migrants are struggling for their livelihood while they are facing acute food crisis. Besides, some of the women are still suffering with pain because of Burmese army’s assaults. They hope they will get proper medical treatment, but in vain, she added.

28 Dec 2016 description

Dhaka, 28 December 2016 – The European Commission is allocating € 300 000 (BDT 24,941,382) in humanitarian aid funding to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees who have recently fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. The aid will directly benefit 7 500 newly arrived refugees in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar.