Myanmar 2018


Humanitarian Compendium

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The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is complex. It combines displacement through communal violence in Rakhine, armed conflict in Kachin and Shan and a high vulnerability to natural hazards, especially during the monsoon season between May and December. Following communal violence in Rakhine in 2012 more than 140,000 of Rakhine’s Muslim population were internaly displaced. Today 128,000 IDPs remain in camps relying on the support of international humanitarian agencies.  In Northern Rakhine State (NRS), attacks on police posts in October 2016 and subsequent security operations saw 87,000 people displaced into Bangladesh by July 2017.  On 25 August 2017, the situation in NRS deteriorated dramatically when armed attacks on police posts and subsequent security operations resulted in a mass exodus of people from their homes and hundreds of villages being burned to the ground. According to the Inter Sector Coordination Group in Bangladesh, more than 625,000 refugees – most of them Muslims who self identify as ‘Rohingya’ – arrived in Bangladesh since August. In Kachin and Shan states, armed conflict has continued and an estimated 106,000 displaced people remain in camps. Meanwhile, the entire country remains highly prone to disasters. During the monsoon season from July to September 2017, more than 300,000 people were temporarily displaced due to floods throughout the country. 

A Community Stabilization Programme in Rakhine State is being implemented to reduce the number of individuals who resort to irregular migration as a means of coping. In order to tackle the problem, the programme builds resilience of vulnerable communities by providing multi-sector, comprehensive community development support to address the drivers and root causes of displacement and irregular migration. Programmes on Health, DRR, and Counter-Trafficking are also implemented.

IOM is a member of the HCT in Myanmar, playing an active role in the overall humanitarian, transition, recovery and development response in the country with direct presence or presence through its partners in most of the country. IOM has also been established as CCCM Cluster lead at national and sub-national levels in case of large-scale disaster in areas within or outside of the conflict zones. Additionally IOM is  part of the following coordination mechanisms: Maungdaw Inter-Agency Working Group, National Protection Working Group, Sub-National Sector Protection for Northern Rakhine State (NRS), Myanmar Health Sector Coordinating Committee, Maternal Reproductive Health Working Group (WG), Child Health WG, Malaria WG, Tuberculosis WG, HIV/AIDs WG, GBV WG, UN Gender Team Group.

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 570,200 beneficiaries, including 219,000 IDPs, 351,000 Community Members, and 200 Officials


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