Myanmar 2012

CERF provides US$5.3 million for conflict-affected people in Myanmar

26 November 2012: Violence erupted in Rakhine state, Myanmar, in June 2012 and resumed on 21 October. This latest outbreak of violence has directly affected people in the townships of Kyauk Phyu, Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk U, Myebon, Pauktaw, Ramree and Rathedaung.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated funds to the crisis in August 2012. Since then, 36,000 people have been displaced and their coping mechanisms eroded. This now brings the total number of displaced people in Rakhine state to 115,000. According to Government figures, at least 89 people died in the recent violence and at least 136 were injured. In addition, more than 5,300 houses and religious buildings have been destroyed.

In response, CERF has allocated an additional US$5.3 million to help UN agencies and humanitarian partners to step up their emergency response over an expanded geographic area in Rakhine state.

A total of $829,000 has been allocated to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), $283,000 to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), $2 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), $2 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) and $140,000 to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The funds will be crucial for controlling and mitigating health risks, particularly cholera, delivering food-and-nutrition assistance, and establishing essential water-and-sanitation facilities.

The funds aim to assist 36,000 affected people.

CERF gives $4.9 million to support internally displaced persons in Myanmar

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.

Since the conflict began, the Government has provided assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sittwe and Maungdaw Townships, including food, shelter, non-food items and medical supplies.

Following an assessment mission, humanitarian partners developed a comprehensive response plan, which estimates that up to 80,000 people will require relief assistance. They include IDPs and the most vulnerable people living in host communities.

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CERF provides $5 million for internally displaced persons in Myanmar

Since June 2011, over 55,000 people have been displaced in Kachin and Northern Shan States of which an estimated 35,000 reside in areas controlled by the Kachin Independence Organisation/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA). 

In December 2011, joint UN and Government assessments revealed that of the assessed IDPs, some 6,500 include female- or child-headed families. The assessment concluded that living conditions in large temporary camps, shelters and community buildings where the population density was high, were problematic.

Most IDPs required additional non-food item support, including plastic sheeting, cooking utensils, blankets and clothes, and over half of the IDPs faced food access issues. While access to water for domestic and hygiene uses was sufficient, less than half of IDPs had access to sufficient quantities of safe drinking water.

CERF allocates $1.5 million for internally displaced persons in Myanmar

24 January 2012: After more than a decade of cease-fire, more than 50,000 people have been displaced in Kachin State by recent fighting - the majority of whom are children and women. As skirmishes moved close to villages, people fled their homes, carrying few household possessions with them. Internally displaced people have sought refuge in local shelters, temporary camps and in host families. Recent assessments revealed a shortage of emergency shelter and non-food items, including warm clothing and blankets, as well as basic food and hygiene items.

Assessment findings also highlighted a number of protection concerns - particularly for children and women - including landmines, family separation, and children being left unsupervised. The relatively high number of separated and unaccompanied children and female and/or child-headed households underscore the need to take preventive measures to mitigate potential risk factors.

CERF in Action - Rapid Response