Myanmar

World Food Programme Myanmar March 2016 Operational Report

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This issue includes:

  • Conflicts in northern Shan
  • Relief in Kokang, northern Shan and Wa
  • Food delivery to NGCA of Kachin State
  • CFSAM report
  • Relief and early recovery support in Rakhine
  • WFP's humanitarian response in figures.

Conflicts in northern Shan: In early February, an armed conflict between the Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS)/ Shan State Army (SSA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) erupted in Kyauk Mae Township of northern Shan State, forcing 4,000 civilians to 19 camps in Kyauk Mae town. By end-February, over 3,400 people remained in the camps. UN agencies, including WFP, conducted a rapid assessment in all camps, except for one inaccessible site. Food provided to IDPs by private donors and civil society organizations was sufficient for two months. However, as IDPs’ food/ crop stocks are looted and livestock is killed, food needs are expected to increase when displaced families return to their villages of origin, albeit the security situation is currently volatile and the conflict is predicted to persist.

Moreover, farmers are likely to miss harvesting season, if conflict remains elevated further. The irregular intake of protein and no specialised/supplementary nutrition food by mothers and children was observed, and WFP considers to provide nutrition support after reassessing needs and gaps in end-March. Protection remained the main concern for locals as abduction/detention, torture and killing of civilians reportedly occurred, while some elderly and disabled people and their caretakers were trapped in villages. As of mid-March, fighting between Government’s forces and TNLA has generated a further displacement of over 1,000 people to temporary camps in Kut Kai Township. WFP and its cooperating partners are prepared to provide two-month ration of life-saving food, and WFP will conduct rapid assessments in end of March if security situation becomes stable.