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24 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian access to northern Rakhine remains constrained, limiting relief actors’ ability to conduct needs assessments and implement activities.

  • Preparations for refugee repatriation are ongoing, despite continued insecurity.

  • Relief actors prepare for upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons in Cox’s Bazar.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS 

23 Feb 2018 description

Nay Pyi Taw, 22 February 2018:  Representatives of the Governments of Japan and Myanmar and seven United Nations agencies signed today agreements totaling US$ 20 million to implement a number of humanitarian and development projects benefitting people of all communities in Rakhine State.

“This partnership demonstrates the commitment of the international community to help find and implement solutions to the situation in Rakhine State,” said Knut Ostby, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in Myanmar.

21 Feb 2018 description

This Interview with Saw F--- describes events occurring in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District since 2015 that are still on-going, including education, healthcare, road construction, women’s roles in the community and development projects.

21 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Bilin Township, Thaton District during the period between July and October 2017, including education, healthcare, villagers’ livelihoods, military activities, development projects and drug issues.

  • Self-funded schools from Bilin Township, Thaton District do not have a sufficient amount of available teachers and face challenges transferring students to higher Standards in Burma/Myanmar government schools.

21 Feb 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng 20 February 2018

Government authorities are restricting ethnic Wa people who live in northern Shan State from traveling to Kyaingtong and other major towns in eastern parts of the state, according to local sources.

There are two main roads for ethnic Wa traveling to Kyaingtong in eastern Shan State and Tachilek on the Thai-Burmese border. But since early this month, authorities have been checking the ID cards of travellers and barring further travel along the routes if the holder is ethnic Wa, according to complaints lodged with the United Wa State Army.

20 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Bilin Township, Thaton District, during the period between February and April 2016, including drugs, healthcare, development, military activity, and villagers concerns .

  • Drug use has increased in Billin Township, particularly among young people. Local authorities have not taken any action against drug trafficking, and villagers are concerned that drugs will continue to impact children and youth in the area.

20 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Bilin Township, Thaton District during the period between November and January 2017, including military activity, development, healthcare, livelihoods, Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) situation and logging.

  • The Tatmadaw Light Infantry Division #44 and the Border Guard Force gathered and worked together to patrol around various villages in Bilin Township, Thaton District, starting from April 23rd to December 31st 2016.

19 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Htantabin Township, Toungoo District during the period between August and October 2017, including healthcare, education, villagers’ livelihoods, gambling, Tatmadaw activities and location.

16 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Kyainseikgyi and Kyonedoe townships, Dooplaya District during the period between November 2017 to January 2018, including development projects, education, healthcare and Tatmadaw activity.

  • The process of road and bridge construction by Burma/Myanmar government was ongoing from November 2017 to January 2018.

  • Both Karen National Union (KNU) and Burma/Myanmar government take responsibility in building healthcare facilities and offered vaccines to the villagers in both Kyainseikgyi and Kyonedoe townships.

13 Feb 2018 description

This Interview with Naw Be--- describes events occurring in Htantabin Township, Toungoo District, during the period between 2012 and 2016 Including land disputes, increased freedom of movement and development needs in the community.

  • Naw Be--- discusses in detail the process of villagers acquiring loans from the Burma/Myanmar government, including concerns about not being able to acquire future loans if they permit the KNU to acquire the land.

13 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Htantabin Township and Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District during the period between April and July 2017. This report includes civilians’ situation, Tatmadaw activity and its’ bases, health, education, KNU/KNLA (Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army) activity, infrastructure projects and landmines.

12 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ler Doh Soh Township and K’Hser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between February and April 2017, including roads and transportation, education, healthcare, communication, logging, military activity and arbitrary land confiscation by private companies.

  • Villagers in K’Mo Thway area and Kleh Mu Hti area, Mergui-Tavoy District, faced difficulties travelling during the rainy season due to floods that damaged roads and bridges. This impacted villagers’ business and health.

12 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Win Yay Township and Kyainseikgyi Township Dooplaya District during the period between June and August 2017, including Tatmadaw activity, education, healthcare, development projects, land confiscation and recently returned IDPs and refugees.

  • In June 2017, Tatmadaw Infantry Battalion (IB) #283, IB #31, local business people and a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) company commander from Battalion #17 conducted logging in community forests in violation of village rules.

09 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ler Doh Soh Township and K’Hser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between February and April 2017, including roads and transportation, education, healthcare, communication, logging, military activity and arbitrary land confiscation by private companies.

-_Villagers in K’Mo Thway area and Kleh Mu Hti area, Mergui-Tavoy District, faced difficulties travelling during the rainy season due to floods that damaged roads and bridges. This impacted villagers’ business and health._

08 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District during the period between January and October 2016, including development projects, military and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) movement, education, healthcare and the region’s social and economic situation.

07 Feb 2018 description

FALAM, Myanmar – Ngun Hlei was lucky to have seen a midwife during her third pregnancy. Many women in Myanmar don’t.

“I felt very unwell for many months during that pregnancy. But what could I do? I carried on with my work making snacks for selling at the market,” she explained recently in the rural town of Falam, in north-western Myanmar.

“I didn’t stop to think that there could be a serious problem until I saw the midwife,” she added.

01 Feb 2018 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar.
The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.