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More than 3,600 IDPs are living in this encampment in the west Rakhine state of Myanmar. It was here that they escaped at the end of October last year, when in 2012 fights broke out for the second year between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine. In Rakhine State there are now up to 140,000 expellees, both Muslims and Buddhists.
The people live in places like Taung Paw in Myebon, in marquees between homes that have not been destroyed, or with family members and family in the community. Only very few of the internally displaced Muslims in Rakhine have come home since June - mainly because they have no home to go back to and are afraid of returning to a hostile milieu.
Restricted mobility and night-time curfews in Rakhine also make any move more onerous. Kyaw Thein lived in the Say Ban district of Myebon, one of the five Islamic districts that once belonged to the city. U Kyaw Thein's U Kyaw Thein Longgyiand button-down shirts were sponsored by the Myanmar Red Cross.
Nearly 300 Rakhine had also died of war. Phyu Phyu Ma Sein was one of the persons who was in elementary schools for a while. Uncertainty persists for the refugees in Myebon - and throughout Rakhine. While the government has recently published the results of an inquiry into the Rakhine violent situation, there is no clear blueprint for internally-displaced people to return to their houses or restart their livelihood.
This means for Kyaw Thein and the 3,600 internally displaced people in Taung Paw that the Myebon base remains inactive and dependent on external aid. Last months improvement in the climate, as the UNHCR has constructed long-houses for the refugees to better protect them from the rains and winds.
Most of Rakhine's internally displaced people and most Muslims have already settled into the structure - an enormous relief during the wet seasons. However, with physical activity constraints and without the possibility of resuming their regular life, the position of internally displaced persons should not be improved in the near-term.