Violent conflict is devastating the lives of families in Myanmar. Ongoing violence is threatening the safety and wellbeing of countless families, many of which have been left displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
Over 1,000 people estimated dead from violent clashes
Since late August 2017, the emergency situation in Rakhine State has worsened. Violent clashes have reportedly resulted in over 1,000 deaths and the United Nations estimate that over 720,000 members of the Rohingya community have fled, seeking refuge in Bangladesh. This includes high numbers of women, children, and elderly family members.
This recent spate of conflict has not only seen civilians killed and landmines have also resulted in entire townships having to be evacuated. As a result, wholly-displaced communities have been forced to seek temporary shelter in schools and public buildings.
These temporary shelters are overcrowded, leaving little space for basic infrastructure. As a result, more than 90% of household water sources are highly contaminated with E. coli and numerous cases of highly contagious diphtheria have erupted.
Food Distribution in Myanmar
Emergency update from Bangladesh
Islamic Relief on the ground
Islamic Relief has been working in Myanmar since 2008, delivering life-saving emergency aid, food, shelter, and hygiene kits to those displaced by internal conflict and inter-communal violence. We’ve rebuilt schools and funded healthcare through mobile boat clinics, which allow us to reach isolated communities.
We are continuing our on-going operations in Myanmar and are closely monitoring the crisis in Rakhine State, responding to the needs of those affected, whilst also serving Rohingya refugees in neighbouring Bangladesh.
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