Myanmar

Increasingly forgotten conflicts
140,000 people were displaced by the violence in 2012 in Rakhine State
70,000 of these displaced families live in 9 main camps
72% of displaced people from Rakhine State are drinking unsafe water
279,381 people helped

Context

Myanmar has been prey to internal conflicts for half a century. In the States of Shan and Kachin, conflicts started as soon as Myanmar declared independence in 1948.

In Kachin, 17 years after agreeing a ceasefire, 2011 saw the resumption of war between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army. Thousands of people have been displaced to makeshift camps, some in areas where it’s virtually impossible for aid to get through. In Rakhine State, one of the poorest in the country and regularly exposed to natural disasters, inter-community conflicts are a regular occurrence between Buddhists and Muslim communities, particularly against the Rohingyas.

At the end of 2016, waves of violence and attacks caused thousands of people, mainly Muslims, to flee to Bangladesh. The displaced living in Myanmar are very dependent on humanitarian aid for both food and water supplies, while health and education services are almost non-existent.

  • 51.4 millions inhabitants
  • 26% poverty rate
  • 150th out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2008
  • Team 22 international staff
    277 national staff
  • Budget €4.22 M

Displaced families from Kachin and Rakhine States are living in extremely challenging sanitary conditions, which is why our teams have made safe drinking water a priority, along with hygiene and sanitation, in both refugee camps and host villages.

Those fleeing violence and natural disasters often arrive in camps having left everything behind, and emergency accommodation is set up. The majority of the displaced populations have lost their source of income and find themselves highly dependent on food aid. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is introducing income-generating activities such as chicken breeding and vegetable gardening for displaced populations, most of whom are unable to leave the camp very often, or even at all. This gives them a way to regain their independence and a job or activity, as well as vary their diets nutritionally.
With the aim of reducing malnutrition, our teams are also training workers at health centres and the Ministry of Health to detect malnutrition.

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

133,673 people helped

– Constructed/restored water points and latrines
– Distributed water by tanker-truck
– Tested the water
– Constructed hand-washing stations
– Managed and incinerated waste
– Managed and treated liquid waste
– Distributed hygiene kits
– Constructed and maintained drainage canals
– Conducted hygiene awareness sessions
– Implemented cash-for-work programs

food security

Food security and livelihood support

7,800 people helped

– Distributed cash
– Distributed farm implements
– Distributed fertilizer
– Provided training in sack farming
– Provided training in the production of compost
– Provided training in management

Should you have any questions, please contact Cristina Thevenot.

Cristina Thevenot

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