Back to Magazine
Homepage

 

Movement in Myanmar

 


Photo:©Andreas von Weissenberg/IFRC

Nineteen-year-old Myat Sanda Khine.

 

 

 


Photo:©REUTERS/Minzayar, courtesy www.alertnet.org

The violence, between Rakhine and Muslim communities, left over 100,000 people displaced in Rakhine State...

 

 

 


Photo:©Andreas von Weissenberg/IFRC

...with the majority now housed in large displacement camps in Sittwe Township.

 

 

 


Photo:©Andreas von Weissenberg/IFRC

Within days of the violence erupting, Myanmar Red Cross volunteers were providing neutral and impartial assistance in both of the affected communities.

 

 

 


Photo:©Andreas von Weissenberg/IFRC

Volunteers from all around the country responded with groups brought in for month-long missions.

 

 

 


Photo:©ICRC

Due to the nature of the unrest, this work was carried out closely with the ICRC to ensure the protection of the medical mission and safer access for volunteers.

 

 


Photo:©Andreas von Weissenberg/IFRC

The Myanmar Red Cross Society, with the support of Movement partners, continues to provide emergency relief, distributing 8,000 litres of drinking water to communities in camps every day.

 

 

 


Photo:©IFRC

Humanitarian emergencies rage on many fronts in Myanmar. Fighting continues to cause pain and suffering for thousands of vulnerable people in the troubled state of Kachin. Meanwhile, earthquakes, cyclones and floods are also common in this disaster prone country, causing loss of life and massive destruction.

 

 

 


Photo:©IFRC

During all of these crises, Myanmar Red Cross volunteers have proved invaluable.

 

 

 


Photo:©ICRC

Myanmar’s political evolution continues to keep it in the international spotlight. After general elections in November 2010, the first in nearly two decades, the world closely watched the range of reforms introduced by the new Myanmar Parliament. These reforms have also resulted in a new chapter for humanitarian action. In January 2013 the ICRC President, Peter Maurer, concluded the first–ever visit by an ICRC president in Myanmar.  One week later, ICRC resumed its visits to places of detention.

 

 

 

 


Photo:©REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Still, Myanmar remains one of the least developed countries in South-East Asia. Communities across the country are faced with chronic threats from communicable diseases, food insecurity and malnutrition.

 

 

 

 


Photo:©IFRC

The Myanmar Red Cross Society is well positioned to capitalize on opportunities to help build safer, more resilient communities. In fact, building resilience is at the heart of all Myanmar Red Cross activities.

 

 

 

 


Photo:©IFRC

With the support of IFRC, for example, volunteers reached over 400,000 people in 2011 through community based interventions in disaster preparedness, risk reduction and health. 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Myanmar Red Cross Society has a countrywide network of volunteers, a strong working relationship with the Government and a wealth of experience in responding to emergencies, having responded to recent mega disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
Dr Tha Hla Shwe, President of Myanmar Red Cross Society.

 

 

 

 

 


Photo:©Andreas von Weissenberg/IFRC

“Looking ahead I believe we will continue to play a critical role, not just in responding to emergencies, but in the ongoing development of Myanmar.” Dr Tha Hla Shwe, President of Myanmar Red Cross Society.

 

Top

Contact Us

Credits

Webmaster

©2013

Copyright