In June 2012, widespread violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State led to the displacement of 145,000 people. Five years on, nearly 100,000 still reside in camps on the outskirts of Sittwe, the state capital. The majority are Muslims who self-identify as Rohingya.
As Myanmar’s multiple, decades-old ethnic conflicts drag on despite renewed peace efforts, over a quarter-million people remain displaced and a half million are in dire need. Across Rakhine and other states, the International Rescue Committee has been responding to the ongoing needs of Myanmar’s most vulnerable to help them survive, recover and gain control of their future. We reached over 185,000 people in 2016 alone.
See how the IRC is delivering emergency primary health care and working to protect and empower women and girls uprooted by conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photos by Kaung Htet/IRC
In displacement camps and villages in Rakhine, with funding from European Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Stichting Vluchteling (SV), the IRC is delivering emergency primary health care at 26 sites in Sittwe and Rathedaung and women and girls’ protection and empowerment activities at 17 sites in Sittwe.
Learn more about the IRC's work in Myanmar.