As of mid-July 2013, approximately 140,000 people remain displaced across Rakhine State. The IDP population is currently hosted in 76 camps and camp-like settings. In addition, as many as 36,000 other individuals in isolated and host communities in Minbya, Myebon, Pauktaw, Mrauk-U, Kyauktaw and Sittwe Townships, have also been adversely impacted, either directly socially or economically, with limited or no access to basic services including markets, education and health care.
Over the past twelve months, the Government and humanitarian agencies have collaborated to respond to the immediate life-saving needs of the IDPs. They have worked together to seek medium- to long-term interventions for a return to safety and dignity, including reconciliation, confidence and trust-building efforts aimed at reducing tensions as well as resolving the longstanding citizenship issue for 800,000 Muslims.
Amid multiple challenges including communities’ perception of bias in the delivery of assistance towards particular groups of benefi-ciaries over others, all partners have operated in full respect of the basic humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, and neutrality.
The Revised Rakhine Response Plan for July 2012 to December 2013 aims at ensuring a smooth transition from the humanitarian phase to early recovery and development. The Plan advocates for durable solutions of peace-building, reconciliation between affected communities, and safe and voluntary return of IDPs to their places of origin.
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