The state of sanitation and access to water is now critical

Published on Monday 12 March 2012
Camp de déplacés de Nget Chaung, township de Pauktaw

Maung Sein, from the Nget Chaung refugee camp, Pauktaw Township. Following the latest outbreak of intercommunity violence last October, more than 8,000 people took refuge in Nget Chaung village, whilst their homes and crops were reduced to cinders.

The state of sanitation and access to water is now critical. In spite of his desperate situation, Maung Sein has agreed to manage the camp water committee.
“My house, that of my grandparents, the mosque and village school; everything was burnt. Villagers are afraid to go far from the village to look for firewood and they have to use their own trees to survive the winter. I have to walk for 20 to 30 minutes to fetch water from the pond although there is hardly any water with all the people who go there. I don’t know if I can go back to my village.”

  • 54.5 million inhabitants
  • 26% poverty rate
  • 145th out of 189 on the Human Development Index
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