Yangon, 25 October 2013: The UN is deeply concerned by the situation of civilians affected by renewed clashes between Myanmar Army troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Mansi Township, Southern Kachin State. Fighting between the two sides broke out on 22 October 2013 near the villages of Nam Lim Pa and Mung Ding Pa.
Convoy to deliver humanitarian aid to Laiza town for the first time in over 18 months
(Yangon, 1 July 2013): The latest incident in Kyein Ni Pyin on 27 June in which two internally displaced persons (IDPs) are reported to have died and others injured as a result of an incident involving security personnel, is the second such event in recent weeks where displaced people have lost their lives protestingabout plans for their relocation to temporary shelters.
(Yangon, 17 June 2013) One year on from inter-communal clashes in Rakhine State, 140,000 people remain displaced, with little hope of their lives returning to normal.
Outbreaks of inter-communal violence in Rakhine State in June and October 2012 caused the death of 167 people, destroyed over 10,000 buildings and led to a loss of livelihoods and infrastructure across the state. The onset of violence triggered a multi-sector humanitarian response, with food, health, sanitation, shelter and other lifesaving relief to people in need.
(Yangon, 14 June 2013) The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Ashok Nigam, acknowledged the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization in allowing a UN-led aid convoy to deliver humanitarian assistance to people displaced in areas beyond Government control in Kachin State, for the first time in almost a year.
Yangon, 15 May 2013: As the people and Government of Myanmar brace themselves for Cyclone Mahasen, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Ashok Nigam, has called for the urgent relocation of everyone who will be affected. “People who will be severely affected by the cyclone need to be urgently supported to move to safer areas,” Mr. Nigam told a press conference organized by the Government in Yangon. “We [the humanitarian community] have been, and will continue, to work in close coordination with the Government both in preparing for the cyclone and in its aftermath,” said Mr. Nigam.
(Yangon, 26 April 2013): The United Nations (UN) Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided $5 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Update on the situation in Meikhtila and Bago as of 29 March 2013
As the Government, UN agencies and partners are responding to the need in Meikhtila in accordance to the needs identified by the Inter-agency rapid assessment, which were shared and agreed with the authorities, the following note is an update on the current situation in Meikhtila Township, Mandalay Region and Bago Region.
(New York 28 March 2013) OCHA’s Director of Operations, John Ging, expressed alarm today over continued inter-communal tensions in Myanmar. Speaking after a four-day mission to Myanmar and the Philippines, Mr. Ging called for urgent help for more than 125,000 displaced people in Rakhine State who face the prospect of serious flooding when the monsoon season starts in May. The majority of those displaced by inter-communal violence in June and October 2012 are Rohingya Muslims.
“Humanitarian assistance must flow un-interrupted as long as people are in need” – Ashok Nigam
Yangon, 17 February 2012 – UN and INGO humanitarian staff left this morning for Hpakant in Kachin State, to assess the situation in the 41 camps hosting some 5,000 people displaced by the conflict in the area, and deliver much needed life-saving assistance. They took with them food, including rice, pulses, oil, salt, wheat-soy blend and well as family kits including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, blankets, mosquito nets, basic medical supplies and water purification materials.
By Tomás Ojea Quintana, 16 February 2013, Yangon International Airport, Myanmar
I have just concluded my five-day mission to Myanmar - my seventh visit to the country since I was appointed Special Rapporteur in March 2008. I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Myanmar for its invitation, and for the cooperation and flexibility shown during my visit, in particular for my visits to Rakhine State and Kachin State.