Described by the UN as being amongst the most persecuted people in the world, there were more than 125,000 internally displaced persons in the Rakhine state by the end of 2012 alone. Rakhine state is one of the most impoverished and densely populated areas of Myanmar, and the waves of violence in the region have worsened conditions substantially. Local communities are in dire need of food, shelter, healthcare and safe drinking water.
Muslim Aid launched an emergency appeal to provide help and support for the Rohingya people following a wave of violence in the Rakhine state in June 2012. The appeal has received an overwhelming response from the public and raised over £1million so far. Following its success, we have expanded our efforts to work in the region.
Muslim Aid representatives visited Myanmar in November 2012 to meet with Myanmar government officials, who have allowed Muslim Aid to deliver Emergency relief and long-term development programmes. Muslim Aid has since established offices in Yangon and Sittwe in Myanmar. So far thousands of homes have benefitted from various distributions of hygiene packs, mosquito nets, blankets, clothes and non food items, whilst a further £37 million is still required to build homes, schools and health clinics.