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The latest exodus of Rohingya refugees began in August 2017 after members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked security forces in Rakhine State. The Myanmar’s military has since carried out what it called “military clearance operations”, which the UN recently said may be tantamount to genocide. The Myanmar’s army is accused of serious human rights violations, including systematic targeted killing, rape, torture and arson.Next
Myanmar’s army recently admitted for the first time the killing of 10 Rohingya in Northern Rakhine State. In November 2017, the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation agreement but INGOs say conditions to allow the safe and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar are not in place. In Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, where most Rohingya refugees have fled, the number of reported diphtheria cases has been on the surge.Next
Myanmar officially recognises the existence of 135 ethnic groups on its territory, which places the country as one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Myanmar is also characterized by protracted displacement and persisting tensions between the central government and other ethnic armed groups demanding greater autonomy. After 60 years of military junta, the process towards political liberalization began in 2011. The 2015 elections were declared the country’s first free elections; these were largely won by the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Donate Today
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They have argued that a strong and effective public action to support the Rohingya people right now is to help raise awareness about the increasing scale of the refugee crisis and severity of need.
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Clashes between the government and rebel forces have forced hundreds of thousand people to displace The Chin, the Kachin, the Karen, the Mon, the Rohingya and the Shan are among the most persecuted minorities.
Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since last August, bringing the total number of Rohingya in Bangladesh to over 1 million. Nearly 100,000 people are internally displaced in Kachin and Shan states.
MALNUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are in need of immediate food assistance. Up to 90% eat just one meal a day.
Over half a million Rohingya refugees require health assistance. In Kachin and Shan states, close to 100,000 internally displaced people are in need of health assistance.
Humanitarian organizations face severe constraints in accessing people in need in conflict-affected areas.
RISK OF NATURAL DISASTERS
Myanmar is at risk of natural disasters including seasonal floods, mudslides and cyclones. The country lacks the capacities to respond to foreseeable disasters.