The normalisation of Burma/Myanmar’s international relations reached new heights in November 2014 with foreign leaders coming to Naypyidaw for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. The democratic transition appears to be on track for national elections to be held in the last quarter of 2015. However, the reform process seems increasingly fragile on a number of fronts.
Bangkok, Thailand - The Border Consortium (TBC), an NGO that works with the displaced and conflict-affected people of Myanmar, today released findings from its annual survey which describe chronic poverty, protracted displacement and weak governance as the starting point for conflict transformation. Eleven civil society organisations in South East Myanmar collaborated with TBC to conduct the survey in 209 villages spread across 6 states and regions. Almost half of the villages surveyed are located in areas administered by ethnic armed groups.
Ban Mae Surin Fire Summary Update
May 31, 2013
On Friday 22nd March a massive fire broke out in the Ban Mae Surin refugee Temporary Shelter located in Khun Yuam District, Mae Hong Son Province. The incident left 37 dead and others seriously injured, and completely ravaged two sections of the camp destroying the homes and limited possessions of 2,300 refugees (more than half of the entire population). This situation report presents the joint humanitarian response, up‐dates on the priority requirements, and indicates the agreed actions.
GeneralUpdate on Situation:
SIGNS OF HOPE IN SOUTH EAST MYANMAR
31 October 2012
Chiang Mai: A significant decrease in forced displacement has been documented by community‐based organisations in South East Myanmar after a series of ceasefire agreements were negotiated earlier this year. While armed conflict continues in Kachin State and communal violence rages in Rakhine State, field surveys indicate that that there has been a substantial decrease in hostilities affecting Karen, Karenni, Shan and Mon communities.
This report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period January to June 2012.
TBBC provides technical support and foods for supplementary feeding programs (SFP) to all partner health agencies working in the Thai-Burmese border camps. An agreement will be signed annually to formalize the partnership.
TBBC provides 3 types of SFP programs.
A. Blanket feeding
Blanket feeding provides supplementary food to all members of an at-risk group.
These groups include:
1 . All pregnant and lactating women and malnourished pregnant / malnourished lactating women.
TBBC and CCSDPT Health Agencies conducted collaborative nutrition surveys of children age 6 to 59 months in all camps in 2011. This year, in addition to comparing nutrition survey data to CDC’s NCHS reference, TBBC included comparison with the new WHO growth data.
This Field Situation Report has been complied by the Committee for the Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT) on Friday 23 March. It includes the current status reported by all sector lead agencies for Food, NFIs, Shelter, Health, Water-Sanitation (Watsan), Protection and Education. This is the final Field Situation Report regarding the Umpiem Mai Camp fire.
Population/ Houses affected
This Field Situation Report has been complied by the Committee for the Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT) on Monday 12 March. It includes the current status reported by all sector lead agencies for Food, NFIs, Shelter, Health, Water-Sanitation (Watsan), Protection and Education.
Population/ Houses affected
Introduction This six-month report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period July to December 2011.
This Field Situation Report has been complied by the Committee for the Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT) on Friday 2 March. It includes the current status reported by all sector lead agencies for Food, NFIs, Shelter, Health, Water-Sanitation (Watsan), Protection and Education.
Population/ Houses affected
Data is still being collected and verified, and to date we have verified 566 families being directly affected by the fire losing houses and all/most belongings - this represents a population of 2,800 people.
Aung San Suu Kyi once famously said, "We must hope for the best, but prepare for the worst". As this report is being written the first elected government for 20 years is being formed in Burma following the November General Election. The convening of parliament, new and more complex political structures plus the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi herself, all offer hope of reconciliation and change; of a more constructive relationship with the international community, increasing humanitarian space and resolution of decades of conflict.
In light of poor foreign exchange rates, increasing food costs and donor reluctance to continually increase funding, a consultancy to review TBBC's food basket and to develop cost saving food ration scenarios took place.
New resource: Muslim Community Profile
Concluding one year of research TBBC has released "3 Sides to Every Story: A Profile of Muslim Communities in the Refugee Camps on the Thailand Burma border" (Zipped PDF: 1.1 Mb)
There are significant Muslim communities in three of the border camps and this study considers how their particular community structures and faith affect their roles, needs and aspirations. The conclusions will be used to ensure that the TBBC programme reflects sensitivities to their …
With funding becoming increasingly difficult to sustain, 2009 never promised to be an easy year for the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) or for the hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people either side of the Thailand Burma border.
As the reports of fighting around the area of former Ler Per Her IDP camp continue, it is becoming clear that organized return for displaced people currently living in 6 displacement sites in Thailand is still impossible.
On 25th June, Tha Song Yang District Authorities and Blank Rangers organized a joint assessment visit with UNHCR and focal agencies for food & shelter, water & sanitation and health, to the Ti Nu Ko area, which was initially identified as a potential relocation site for displaced families.
New arrivals in Tha Song Yang District, Thailand, due to conflict in Karen State
TBBC have earlier reported that an increased number of people have fled to Thailand, following several days of shelling and fighting between armed groups in Karen state, Burma. A majority of the people who have fled to Thailand, mostly women and children, were residents of Ler Per Her IDP camp in Karen State. New arrivals are located in Tha Song Yang District, north of Mae Sot.
According to reports from local village leaders, around 4000 persons have been displaced due to the conflict.
New arrivals fleeing military attacks in Karen State
An increased number of people are now fleeing to Thailand, following several days of shelling and fighting between armed groups in Karen state, Burma.
The first report came on the 6th June with some 1163 people crossing the border as a result of the fighting. As of 9th June, more than 4000 people have come across the border.
People fleeing are mainly women and children as some men are staying hidden in the jungle to keep an eye on their villages and possessions.