What You Need to Know
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled to neighboring Bangladesh after Myanmar’s military started what it called “military clearance operations” last August 2017. The UN recently said that Myanmar’s military actions, which include systematic targeted killing, rape, torture and arson, bear “the hallmarks of genocide” but the Myanmar’s army has repeatedly denied these allegations.Donate Next
Since the start of the year, Myanmar and Bangladesh have engaged in several talks over the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. The UN and refugees themselves have expressed doubts about the plan as they fear that refugees will be returned against their will to similar or worse conditions. Of great concern is also the upcoming rainy and monsoon seasons which threaten the protection of Rohingya refugees sheltered in makeshift camps.Donate Next
Myanmar, one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, recognises the existence of 135 ethnic groups on its territory, excluding the Rohingya. Myanmar is also characterized by protracted displacement and persisting tensions between the central government and other ethnic armed groups which demand greater autonomy. After 60 years of military junta, the process towards political liberalization began and 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
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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 of people to displace. The Chin, the Kachin, the Karen, the Mon, the Rohingya and the Shan are among the most persecuted minorities.
Over 680,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since last August, bringing the total number of Rohingya in Bangladesh to more than 1 million. Nearly 100,000 people are internally displaced in Kachin and Shan states.
More than 128,000 Rohingya are still displaced in overcrowded and squalid camps in Central Rakhine, with next to no access to basic services. In Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees face serious protection risks during the rainy and monsoon seasons as makeshift shelters have been built on muddy and hilly ground.
Over half a million Rohingya refugees require health assistance. Overcrowding in Bangladesh refugee camps is increasing the risk for diseases to spread rapidly. 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.
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