(Yangon/New York, 6 December 2012) The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has called on the Government of Myanmar to work with the UN and its partners to increase efforts to address the humanitarian issues that are causing continued instability in the country.
(Yangon/New York, 5 December 2012): The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, today visited several different communities across Rakhine State, who have lost almost everything due to inter-communal violence.
The unrest, which started in June and then flared up again in October, has left some 115,000 people living in camps or with host families across Rakhine State. The level of assistance provided to people in the different camps varies significantly.
On the 7 December, Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator will brief the media at the conclusion of her first official visit to Myanmar from 3 – 7 December 2012.
An exclusive media briefing will be held to answer questions from the media.
UN Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, will travel to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Kingdom of Thailand between 2 and 8 December 2012.
The mission is the first official visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar by Valerie Amos in her role as UN Humanitarian Chief.
(Yangon, 27 November): The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided $5.3 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 36,000 people displaced by the recent violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
This is the second allocation by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos to help fund urgent humanitarian operations in Rakhine state following inter-communal violence that first began in June leaving some 75,000 people displaced. In October, another 36,000 were displaced in the wake of a renewed upsurge in violence.
Yangon, 28 October 2012 – A United Nations team led by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ashok Nigam, returned today from a visit to Rakhine State accompanying the Union Minister for Border Affairs, Lt. General Thein Htay. The team went to villages in Myebon, Minbya, Mrauk-U, Ramree and Kyauk Phyu townships. The team saw large scale destruction of houses.
Yangon 25 October 2012 - “The UN is gravely concerned about reports of a resurgence of inter-communal conflict in several areas in Rakhine State - which has resulted in deaths and has forced thousands of people, including women and children, to flee their homes,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam.
The UN has received information from various sources that hundreds of houses have been burnt down since 21 October.
Instability that started in June 2011 across Kachin and northern Shan states has resulted in displacement, damage of infrastructure and loss of lives and livelihoods. Despite ongoing peace negotiations between parties to the conflict, incidents continue to be reported.
13 August 2012: Intercommunity conflict across Rakhine State, Myanmar, erupted in June 2012. The violence prompted the massive displacement of some 65,000 people; damage to public infrastructure and homes; and the loss of lives and livelihoods.
Yangon 19 August 2012. Today marks World Humanitarian Day. A commemorative event was held in Yangon this morning, with the participation of Government representatives and the humanitarian partners in Myanmar which include the UN, international NGOs, local NGOs and the donor community.
(Yangon/New York, 9 August 2012) Ending a four-day mission to Myanmar, John Ging, OCHA’s Director of Operations, voiced concern for the plight of over half a million internally displaced people and called for respect for humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law to enable aid agencies to access areas of conflict and help those in need.
Inter-community conflict in Rakhine State, which started in early June 2012, has resulted in displacement, loss of lives and livelihood. Of the over 100,000 people affected at the beginning of the crisis, many have already returned home, and as of 29 July, official Government statistics indicate that some 64,000 people remain displaced and are accommodated in 61 camps in Sittwe and Maungdaw townships. Population movement continues, and figures are being revised on a weekly basis.
Yangon 15 June 2012 - A United Nations team led by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General and Mr. Ashok Nigam, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, visited Maungdaw, in Rakhine State on 13-14 June. Mr. Nambiar was in Myanmar for the Peace Donor Support Group meeting. On 8 June, serious disturbances occurred in Rakhine State which led to the Government declaring a state of emergency in the State. The UN also temporarily relocated, on a voluntary basis, some of its staff that were based in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Sittwe.
11, June, 2012 Yangon— Due to serious disturbances in Rakhine State and with the declaration of State of Emergency by the President, including curfew in five townships, the UN has decided to temporarily relocate, on a voluntary basis, non-essential international and national UN and partner I/NGO staff and their families.
The UN Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator and Designated Official has requested full Government support for the safety and security of all UN and INGO staff and their families in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Sittwe and for their re-location to Yangon.
High-level delegation notes progress, urges need for continued leadership, supportive legal environment and public information
Yangon, 30 March 2012. United Nations convoys carrying emergency relief supplies to internally displaced people (IDPs) in two locations affected by the conflict in Kachin State have now returned to base after distributing these items in the IDP camps. “Reaching all IDPs in Kachin with humanitarian assistance is critically important.
This joint effort has been possible through receiving the cooperation of the Government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), as well as our humanitarian partners on the ground,” said Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ashok Nigam.
Yangon, 25 March 2012. A United Nations convoy carrying essential items has reached some of the displaced population in the areas affected by the conflict in the Kachin State .
“Recognizing the critical importance of assisting IDPs (internally displaced persons) in accordance with the humanitarian principles, we hope that this will now lead to a sustained delivery of aid by the UN and its humanitarian partners to the IDPs, " said Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ashok Nigam.
Yangon, 20 February 2012 – Specific policy suggestions for accelerating growth, promoting inclusive human development and improving health and education were the concrete output from a three-day conference held in Myanmar’s capital this week.
24 January 2012 : After more than a decade of cease-fire, more than 50,000 people have been displaced in Kachin State by recent fighting - the majority of whom are children and women. As skirmishes moved close to villages, people fled their homes, carrying few household possessions with them. Internally displaced people have sought refuge in local shelters, temporary camps and in host families. Recent assessments revealed a shortage of emergency shelter and non-food items, including warm clothing and blankets, as well as basic food and hygiene items.