Appeals & Response Plans
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen - May 2013
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- "Toxic fear" The situation of children in Rakhine State, Myanmar
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- Public Health Statistics (2014‐2016)
- Will Rohingya Refugees Start Returning to Myanmar in 2018?
By Jane Backhurst, Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid
Christian Aid welcomes the 35 pledges made at the UN-backed donor pledging conference for the Rohingya crisis, held on 23 October 2017. These pledges include the additional £12 million pledged by the UK, and €30 million pledged by the EU, to meet the $328 million gap in funding requirements identified previously by the UN.
The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.
The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:
Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help all communities displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and Rohingya Muslims who have crossed the country’s border into Bangladesh as refugees.
Figures show 412,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district since a fresh outbreak of violence erupted in Rakhine State on 25 August. A reported 210 villages have been destroyed in the north of the state, leading to an unknown number of displaced people within Myanmar.
“Action Against Hunger UK, ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and the International Rescue Committee UK strongly condemn the attacks carried out on 25 August. We are deeply concerned by the spiralling violence that has followed across Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. We are also concerned about reports of extensive loss of life of civilians and the immense suffering that is producing the displacement of thousands of people from their homes and livelihoods.
The undersigned humanitarian and development NGOs operating in Kachin and Northern Shan States in Myanmar are gravely concerned about the continually escalating armed conflict and the severely deteriorating security situation for the civilian population in Kachin and Northern Shan States.
Objectives and activities
In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.
But these achievements tell only part of the story.
6 August 2015 - Christian Aid has made an initial £50,000 available to help victims of widespread flooding in Myanmar as the government declares a state of emergency in four western regions.
The flooding comes after incessant rain over the past few weeks and has been compounded by wind and rain from Cyclone Komen, which passed close to the country at the weekend.
The worst affected areas are the regions of Magway and Sagaing, and Chin and Rakhine states. Further high-risk areas include the Ayeyarwaddy, Yangon and Southern Bago regions.
‘I was not feeling well. I was vomiting and shaking,’ explains Ku Saw Reh, who lives in a remote village in eastern Myanmar. Ku Saw Reh’s situation is familiar to many in Myanmar who live with the constant threat of malaria.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 40 million people in Myanmar live in malaria-endemic areas, and in 2010 alone the country reported 650,000 cases.
A simple blood test saves lives
9 August 2013 - Christian Aid has sent funds to provide assistance to communities affected by heavy rain and severe flooding which has devastated south east Myanmar since late July, leaving three dead and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Ramani Leathard, Christian Aid Country Manager of Myanmar, said '23,500 people have been evacuated and are sheltering in one of the 80 relief camps or staying with relatives in nearby villages.
HOLDING AID AGENCIES TO ACCOUNT IMPROVES VALUE FOR MONEY
Opportunities for local people to hold NGO’s to account for their actions have improved in recent years, but there has been little evidence to suggest that they can actually influence the quality and results of aid itself - until now.
Christian Aid has sent £20,000 to help provide food and shelter for thousands of Burmese refugees made homeless after fire swept through their camp on Friday.
The blaze at Umpiem Mai camp, Tak Province, Thailand destroyed 350 homes, two mosques and two primary schools.
Sally Thompson, Deputy Director of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), a Christian Aid partner organisation, said a third of the camp was destroyed.
‘Some 2,500 refugees lost everything, including their monthly food ration that had been distributed just a day earlier,’ she said.
Three years ago on 2 May 2008, cyclone Nargis tore through Burma's remote Irrawaddy delta region killing 140,000 people, injuring 30,000 and devastating the lives of a further 2.4 million.
Here we look at how Christian Aid has made a real difference to thousands of those affected through £2.6 million that supporters and donors generously donated.
Building a better life
When cyclone Nargis hit Teik Gyi village in Kungyangon, 60-year-old Tin Win's house was completely destroyed.
Category 4 tropical Cyclone Giri made landfall in western Burma's Rakhine state on Friday 22 October. Christian Aid and its partners in Burma are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to mount a response if it is needed.
Hurricane strength winds of up to 100 mph have affected thousands of people in Kyakpyu and nearby islands.
In 1984, the first wave of refugees began flooding across the Burma border into Thailand, fleeing from conflict.
Twenty-five years on, one of Christian Aid's partners continues to provide food and shelter to 140,000 Burmese refugees who are unable to return because of ongoing conflict, forced displacement and human rights abuses in their home country.
One man's story
Burma'I feel like I'm in a no-man's land. I don't feel I belong anywhere, or that I can call anywhere home,' says 22-year-old Kho Ray.
Kho Ray was born in a refugee camp on the Thailand …
Six months after Cyclone Nargis caused massive devastation in Burma Christian Aid says the country will require assistance for the foreseeable future. There is still a need for more permanent housing and disaster preparedness training; access to clean drinking water in the upcoming dry season is also a major concern.
'Cyclone Nargis made it easier for humanitarian agencies such as Christian Aid which has a longstanding partnership with local organisations to work in Burma.
Three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma some survivors have still received little aid.
Christian Aid, through its local partners, has been able to help 200,000 people with food, shelter, medicine and clean water.
However much more needs to be done and Christian Aid partners are still finding people who need urgent assistance.
One partner received a request in July for emergency food support for more than 50,000 people in 59 villages which are inland and inaccessible by boat.
A single donor has made a gift of £100,000 to Christian Aid's Burma cyclone appeal.
The entrepreneur and former investment banker, who wants to remain anonymous, made the donation after being assured that Christian Aid were able to get funds through to partner organisations working on the ground in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
'Like many people, we were horrified to hear of the events unfolding in Burma following Cyclone Nargis,' he said.
'Our first assumption was that aid was not able to get through to the people who needed it the most.
Survivors of the Burma cyclone have been forced to return to their destroyed villages because the regime has ordered relief camps to be closed down.
At the end of May - a month after the cyclone which left up an estimated 200,000 people dead - the government announced that the relief phase was over and asked everyone in the camps to return home.
In most camps the government handed out 10,000 kyat (£4.5) or two days worth of rice to those leaving.
Christian Aid is already helping people on the ground in Burma and will be able to spend £2 million on effective relief work in the coming weeks and months.
However the scale of this disaster means that the response needs to be on massive scale which can only happen if the Burmese government allows international aid agencies into the country.
Currently Christian Aid partners are distributing water purification tablets, blankets and medicines to 100,000 people.
An update on what Christian Aid is doing in Burma:
Christian Aid is distributing water purification tablets, blankets and medicines to 100,000 people.