Luxurious hotels and iconic river cruises
Float through the fog of the Ayeyarwady River and discover seldom seen river towns, old churches and sparkling peaks. Then, you' ll go back to vibrant Yangon. Use the Yangon Circular Railway for a one-of-a-kind view of a one-of-a-kind town. It' re a new beginning and confidence in the magical beginnings." As the old mysterious Master Eckhart knew, there is hardly anything more sweet than the beginning of a trip.
Yangon, the country's biggest town, is located in the centre of Myanmar in the tropics - a historic and promising area. Take an exploratory tour along Myanmar's beautiful canals.
Work in Myanmar, what we do and where we work
Burma has experienced the longest ever disastrous conflict in the country's longest ever past, with struggles between the country's armies and ethnically based groups since the early nineteen-forty. After half a century in the hands of the warring factions, the Swiss Confederation passed over to a political regime in 2011, although there is still considerable political clout. The free and free and fair November 2015 election, however, brought back a Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led regime and is welcome as an important springboard to rest.
Important areas of the land, particularly along its border with Thailand, China and Bangladesh, are infested with land mines - especially anti-personnel mines - that have been placed by both sides for many years and other explosives from the Second World Peace Treaty. It is not a matter of form, but it is thought that more than fifty cities are affected - a serious issue for a people who depend on agri-food.
Nearly one million people are living in shelters along Myanmar's global border, awaiting the safe arrival home time. Mines and EWCs are often mentioned by these refuges and internally displaced persons as one of the main means of deterring returns, and there is an urgent need to evacuate the country.
However, unfortunately, work is still restricted until the authorities and communities officially allow demining, which is currently on hold, until further steps have been taken in the ongoing peacemaking work. Since 2012, HALO has only had a restricted footprint in Myanmar, building ties and relations with top civil servants and diplomats until a politically motivated atmosphere allows serious work to begin.
Most of the governments and ethnical groups are not prepared to allow demining until a formalized countrywide cease-fire has been signed by all avenues. HALO is working on mitigating the danger by all means until it is formally approved. Representatives of our employees take part in working groups at home and abroad and have lobbied for interested stakeholders from all political groups through demonstration activities on the issue of mine action.
By 2017, HALO sent some of the first surveying crews in the state to seriously start the identification and cartography of dangerous areas in order to mitigate civil casualties and facilitate the secure returns of migrants. It is a significant advance in our final objective to rid Myanmar of mines.
It is our missions to achieve a mine-free Myanmar through extensive demining. There is little evidence as to how long this will take in the lack of a nationwide inquiry. We will therefore concentrate our work on increasing our awareness and comprehension of pollution through high-quality investigations, while we continue to promote the advantages that large-scale human demining can have.
Meanwhile, we are thankful to our UK DFID, Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (UNOCHA) and Actiefonds Mijnen Ruimen for their assistance in our previous MR and surveying work, but we desperately need extra assistance to carry on our important work of ending decade-long sufferings and allowing displaced people to go back to their homes.