Myanmar Situation 2016Situation in Myanmar in 2016
The Burmese Foreign Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, has asked for help in finding a solution to the Rohingya situation.
Bulletin on Health Clusters
Lifesaving sexual and sexual violent healthcare in Kachin State. Improve food service for conflict-affected municipalities in the state of Rakhine. Preventive healthcare and reaction: Strengthen capacity and activity in Rakhine State. The Rakhine State Department reacts to the gastroenteritis in cooperation with healthcare cluster members. Minister of the Union for Sport and Public health Dr. Myint Htwe highlights key areas during his trip to Rakhine.
This is Rakhine State: Strengthening of activity for IDPs. To provide a path for mother and children's healthcare. Early Warning and Response System in Rakhine State. Funding sexual and reproductive wellbeing and rights in humanitarian aid. In all, 247 healthcare institutions were affected, 195 of which were sub-health centres in 38 cities in 7 states and regions.
Two million vulnerable populations in areas affected by floods need healthcare provision. According to the Ministry of Public Health, 85 healthcare institutions were destroyed in 38 cities in Chin, Sagaing, Rakhine, Magway, Shan, Ayeyarwady and Bago. This cluster is actively implementing co-ordinated measures to promote the activities of the Ministry of Heath.
A lot of healthcare institutions are flooded and the patient has to be displaced to safe areas. Strong saisonal rainfall has led to floods in 11 of Myanmar's 14 states and Divisions, affecting more than 200,000 population. The most affected are Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Division. Burma was not hit by the hurricane, as the wind took a more western direction than expected and then disappeared on 17 May.
Myanmar's war against the Rohingya
Burma has long been persecuting the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group, refusing them the fundamental right to nationality, marriage, divine service and upbringing. In 2012, Rohingya were driven out of their houses by the Buddhists, and many risk their life to flee in smuggling vessels; more than 100,000 others live in dirty detention centres.
Now an insurgency by Myanmar's army is once again compelling tens of thousand of Rohingya to leave their communities. On weekends and Monday, according to Reuters, several hundred Rohingya Muslims came from Myanmar to Bangladesh to seek protection from the escalation of violent conflict. A United Nations migration organisation officer said to the press office that he had seen more than 500 men in the mountains near the frontier.
Meanwhile, Reuters also told of fights between police and insurgents on Myanmar's China-frontier. Human Rights Watch's latest statistics show that at least 430 houses were burnt in Rakhine State towns between 22 October and 10 November. It may have been triggered by an early statement by the federal administration that it had been planning to demolish illicit facilities in the area, which included more than 2,500 houses, 600 stores, a dozen mausoleums and more than 30 colleges.
"That was that we must cut the Rohingya population," said U Kyaw Min, a Rohingya who is the leader of the Party for Democracy and Human Rights. One of Unicef's warnings is that tens of thousands ofthe undernourished kids are threatened with starvation and do not receive health services. United Nations and the United States call for an unbiased inquiry into the issue, and Human Rights Watch calls on the United Nations to support it.
Aung San Suu Kyi must now accept this call if she wants to protect her call as a defender of people.