An estimated 116,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are in need of emergency aid since the conflict in Myanmar began in 2012. Muslim Aid responded by establishing a field office in the region and has been working closely with the Government and UN agencies to provide much needed support such as food distribution, shelter, healthcare, and education for children.
In partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, Muslim Aid delivered food parcels to 20,000 people living in four different IDP camps in Sittwe. The food parcels were given during Ramadan 2014.
IDPs in Sittwe still face a number of challenges as they are unable to leave the camp due to movement restrictions placed upon them. This means they are unable to work and buy food and safe drinking water on a regular basis. Through Muslim Aid’s ‘Feed the Fasting’ programme, which delivers food to vulnerable and poor communities during Ramadan, staples such as rice, beans, oil, sugar, flour and meat were given to vulnerable IDP communities. Prior to Ramadan 2014, Muslim Aid also distributed food parcels to 9,270 families in need of assistance.