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.
Yangon, 20 December 2012 – At the invitation of the government of Myanmar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, undertook a working visit to Myanmar from 16 to 20 December 2012, in order to participate in a meeting of the Myanmar Peace Donor Support Group on Monday 17 December as well as to accompany the Minister for Immigration and Population Affairs U Khin Yi on a visit to Rakhine State.
Yangon, 9 December 2012 - The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Nigam, returned yesterday from a two day visit to Rakhine State organized by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar led by the Vice-President H.E. Dr. Sai Mauk Kham. A number of members of the diplomatic corps and UN agencies were part of the invited delegation on this visit.
(Yangon/New York, 7 December 2012): On the fourth and final day of her mission to Myanmar, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the donor community on the conditions of camps in Rakhine State and asked for their immediate support.
UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS VALERIE AMOS
7 December 2012
Mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (3 – 7 December 2012)
Thank you everyone for joining me today.
This is my first visit to Myanmar and it has been a very busy four days. There have been a number of very encouraging political developments this year but also a number of humanitarian challenges that need to be addressed where the United Nations and our partners can help and make a difference.
(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.
(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/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.