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Ethnic fighting in Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims has left 115,000 people desperately in need of aid.
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2013 10:29

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where some 115,000 people are desperately in need of aid after being displaced during two waves of inter-communal violence in June and October 2012. 

The displaced, most of them ethnic Rohingya, have sought shelter in temporary relief camps and others remain scattered across the state, living under tight security in their destroyed villages. 

Conditions are harsh: the camps are overcrowded and some lack even the most basic of sanitation facilities while many of the villages are totally destroyed and running low on water. In one village, more than 32 families were living cheek-by-jowl in just two large tents. 

The children have no access to education and the newborn and elderly are in a very vulnerable position due to a lack of medical facilities. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is distributing relief supplies and working with the authorities and partners to improve camp conditions, but international assistance is required.



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New government-built shelters at the Ohn Dawgyi Refugee camp near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State.


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Oli Ahmed, 52, stands near a field in the Thet Khal Pyin Refugee camp. Oli and his family were displaced from their original village during the violence in October 2012.


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These children find ways to keep their spirits up at the Ohn Taw Gyi camp, near the Rakhine capital of Sittwe. Their new living quarters are in the background.


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Bricklayers build a shelter for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) at the Ohn Taw Gyi site near the Rakhine capital, Sittwe.


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Most of these displaced children in the Thet Kay Pyin camp have been in the camp for more than six months, and many require urgent medical treatment for a variety of ailments.


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Ahmed Huessin says he previously went to school before being displaced. Now, he has no access to education. He desperately wants to continue his schooling as he feels it is the key to his future.


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Residents look for water at a well in the Thet Kay Pyin IDP camp near Sittwe. Access to sufficient sources of drinking water is a major problem for the IDPs in Rakhine state.


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Gulu Farris lost many treasured possessions after being displaced. Her family says she requires access to medical treatment and better sanitation facilities.


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A young Rohyinga boy gets a medical check up in the health centre in the Ohn Dawgnyi Refugee camp near Sittwe.


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This woman and her two children say they were forced to flee their village after their house was burned to the ground. The family complains about insufficient assistance.


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The violence that swept Rakhine State in June and October 2012 left thousands of children internally displaced. Most of them no longer have access to education and some were separated from their families.


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Dawayenu, 57, says people attacked her village, burning houses and looting possessions.


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Conditions are harsh for displaced people; the camps are overcrowded and some lack even the most basic sanitation facilities.



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New government-built shelters at the Ohn Dawgyi Refugee camp near Sittwe in Myanmar(***)s Rakhine State. ;*;Oli Ahmed, 52, stands near a field in the Thet Khal Pyin Refugee camp. Oli and his family were displaced from their original village during the violence in October 2012.;*;These children find ways to keep their spirits up at the Ohn Taw Gyi camp, near the Rakhine capital of Sittwe. Their new living quarters are in the background. ;*;Bricklayers build a shelter for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) at the Ohn Taw Gyi site near the Rakhine capital, Sittwe. ;*;Most of these displaced children in the Thet Kay Pyin camp have been in the camp for more than six months, and many require urgent medical treatment for a variety of ailments.;*;Ahmed Huessin says he previously went to school before being displaced. Now, he has no access to education. He desperately wants to continue his schooling as he feels it is the key to his future. ;*;Residents look for water at a well in the Thet Kay Pyin IDP camp near Sittwe. Access to sufficient sources of drinking water is a major problem for the IDPs in Rakhine state. ;*;Gulu Farris lost many treasured possessions after being displaced. Her family says she requires access to medical treatment and better sanitation facilities. ;*;A young Rohyinga boy gets a medical check up in the health centre in the Ohn Dawgnyi Refugee camp near Sittwe.;*;This woman and her two children say they were forced to flee their village after their house was burned to the ground. The family complains about insufficient assistance. ;*;The violence that swept Rakhine State in June and October 2012 left thousands of children internally displaced. Most of them no longer have access to education and some were separated from their families. ;*;Dawayenu, 57, says people attacked her village, burning houses and looting possessions. ;*;Conditions are harsh for displaced people; the camps are overcrowded and some lack even the most basic sanitation facilities. Daylife ID:
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Myanmar IDPs pick up the pieces in Rakhine statehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-stateen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:54:04 GMTMon, 14 Jan 2013 09:16:12 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0gh8bwJ1NEfclNew government-built shelter's at the Ohn Dawgyi Refugee camp near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0gh8bwJ1NEfclUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesNew government-built shelter's at the Ohn Dawgyi Refugee camp near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=00WU6JgcKGbpF Oli Ahmed, 52, stands near a field in the Thet Khal Pyin Refugee camp, Oli and his family were displaced from their original village of Nazi during the violence in October 2012.Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=00WU6JgcKGbpFUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images Oli Ahmed, 52, stands near a field in the Thet Khal Pyin Refugee camp, Oli and his family were displaced from their original village of Nazi during the violence in October 2012. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0e4S4vR8fA1dmThese children find a way to keep their spirits up at Ohn Taw Gyi camp, near the Rakhine capital of Sittwe. Their new living quarters are in the background. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0e4S4vR8fA1dmUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesThese children find a way to keep their spirits up at Ohn Taw Gyi camp, near the Rakhine capital of Sittwe. Their new living quarters are in the background. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0ftxalk7h6eeP

A UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) member of staff discusses accommodation with colleagues and displaced people at the Ohn Taw Gyi camp near Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state.

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0ftxalk7h6eePUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

A UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) member of staff discusses accommodation with colleagues and displaced people at the Ohn Taw Gyi camp near Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=00Jvdysd6j7FFBricklayers build a shelter for IDP (Internally Displaced People) families at the Ohn Taw Gyi site near the Rakhine capital, Sittwe. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=00Jvdysd6j7FFAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesBricklayers build a shelter for IDP (Internally Displaced People) families at the Ohn Taw Gyi site near the Rakhine capital, Sittwe. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0cJM6rk4EW22AMost of these displaced children in the Thet Kay Pyin camp have been in the camp for more than six months, and many require urgent medical treatment for a variety of ailments.Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0cJM6rk4EW22AUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesMost of these displaced children in the Thet Kay Pyin camp have been in the camp for more than six months, and many require urgent medical treatment for a variety of ailments. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=04sG6Z84yJ7BiAhmed Huessin says he previously went to school before his displacement and he now has no access to education.He desperately wants to continue his schooling as he feels it is the key to his future. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=04sG6Z84yJ7BiUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesAhmed Huessin says he previously went to school before his displacement and he now has no access to education.He desperately wants to continue his schooling as he feels it is the key to his future. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=07ec9VX3bE8oJ

Looking for water at a well in the Thet Kay Pyin IDP camp near Sittwe. Access to sufficient sources of drinking water is a major problem for the IDPs (Internally Displaced People) in Rakhine state.

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=07ec9VX3bE8oJUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

Looking for water at a well in the Thet Kay Pyin IDP camp near Sittwe. Access to sufficient sources of drinking water is a major problem for the IDPs (Internally Displaced People) in Rakhine state.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0bFsfPLgv34B4Abdu Salam, 75, was displaced from his original village of Thagaung during the violence in October.Abdu's family say he requires better sanitation and medical access.Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0bFsfPLgv34B4UNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesAbdu Salam, 75, was displaced from his original village of Thagaung during the violence in October.Abdu's family say he requires better sanitation and medical access. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=09VyawZ9PN2A9Gulu Farris,100, was displaced from her home the village of Nazi, while fleeing the violence a neighbour carried her to the refugee camps near Sittwe. She lost many treasured possessions and her family says she requires access to medical treatment and needs proper sanitation facilities. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=09VyawZ9PN2A9UNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesGulu Farris,100, was displaced from her home the village of Nazi, while fleeing the violence a neighbour carried her to the refugee camps near Sittwe. She lost many treasured possessions and her family says she requires access to medical treatment and needs proper sanitation facilities. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=07eTeJNgJNdbYA young Rohyinga boy gets a medical check up in the health Centre in the Ohn Dawgnyi Refugee camp near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State.Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=07eTeJNgJNdbYUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesA young Rohyinga boy gets a medical check up in the health Centre in the Ohn Dawgnyi Refugee camp near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=07m8ffQ3p482U

A woman with her two children, a 13-year-old girl and a newborn baby, in the village where they found shelter after fleeing from Rakhine state's Pauktaw area. Their house was burned to the ground. The family complains about insufficient assistance.

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A woman with her two children, a 13-year-old girl and a newborn baby, in the village where they found shelter after fleeing from Rakhine state's Pauktaw area. Their house was burned to the ground. The family complains about insufficient assistance.

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The violence that swept Rakhine last June and October 2012, also left thousands of children internally displaced. Most of them no longer have access to education and some were separated from their families.

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=08eW52pdxI9ZIUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

The violence that swept Rakhine last June and October 2012, also left thousands of children internally displaced. Most of them no longer have access to education and some were separated from their families.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0eGf8KObCmbEa Dawayenu, 57, vents her frustration in the Jyenaysu near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state.She says over 400 families came to her village with weapons and drove her and her fellow villagers from their homes.Her house was also burned down and possessions looted.Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0eGf8KObCmbEaUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images Dawayenu, 57, vents her frustration in the Jyenaysu near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state.She says over 400 families came to her village with weapons and drove her and her fellow villagers from their homes.Her house was also burned down and possessions looted. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=02DL64t9LL2SU

 Children at the water pump in the Jyenaysu ward near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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 Children at the water pump in the Jyenaysu ward near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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A UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) staff member interviews a group of displaced people in Palinpyin village, near Sittwe. The village is sheltering more than 820 IDP (Internally Displaced People) families. The men tell UNHCR that they desperately need relief supplies.

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A UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) staff member interviews a group of displaced people in Palinpyin village, near Sittwe. The village is sheltering more than 820 IDP (Internally Displaced People) families. The men tell UNHCR that they desperately need relief supplies.

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A young family in a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) tent in Palinbyin Village.The village is home to over 822 families and many complain they are receiving no non food items.

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A young family in a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) tent in Palinbyin Village.The village is home to over 822 families and many complain they are receiving no non food items.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0eCh4tu5mOeIO A woman hanging out clothes in Palinbyin village near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State.Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=0eCh4tu5mOeIOUNHCR/P. BehanAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images A woman hanging out clothes in Palinbyin village near Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Myanmar-IDPs-pick-up-the-pieces-in-Rakhine-state?image_id=02RnaZMgCIgY3

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) staff approach the remote river village of Inbargyi by boat.The field staff make regular trips to these remote communities to inspect the conditions in which the people are living in and try to assess their needs.

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UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) staff approach the remote river village of Inbargyi by boat.The field staff make regular trips to these remote communities to inspect the conditions in which the people are living in and try to assess their needs.

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 A family outside their tents in the  river village of Inbargyi in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Conditions are harsh, the camps are overcrowded and some lack even the most basic sanitation facilities.

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 A family outside their tents in the  river village of Inbargyi in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Conditions are harsh, the camps are overcrowded and some lack even the most basic sanitation facilities.

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 Inside a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) supplied tent.

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 Inside a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) supplied tent.



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