Images-Voices-Words: Journey into the Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine, Myanmar
On January 4th, 2014, I landed in Yangon, Myanmar to start an initial six-month stint with Relief International as the Head of Rakhine Response in western Myanmar, Rakhine State.
In June of 2012 violent ethnic violence broke between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, with a second wave of violence in October of the same year. The clashes between these two groups resulted in the death of hundreds of people, the burning of houses and businesses and the displacement of thousands of people who now live in temporary encampments set up by UNHCR and managed by a host of international non-governmental organizations. View a video here.
Relief International currently manages and provides water, sanitation and health services to two of these camps in Myebon. You may follow my journey as the head of the humanitarian response for Relief International through my blog. Click on the link here for a chronological archive of my posts, or go to heart-sign.com to view my latest post.
And remember: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi