Since 1948, Myanmar has been in a state of ongoing internal conflict, described by many as the world’s longest running civil war.
Of the 14 states in the country, Rakhine State is the most underdeveloped, suffering from a weak infrastructure, widespread poverty, a lack of employment and natural disasters. The state has been affected by internal disputes, and according to figures from the United Nations (UN), 120,000 civilians have been displaced, while 179,000 people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
As a result of violence and the retaliation of the Myanmar police and army, the UN also reports that over 60,000 people have fled across the continent to Bangladesh, and there are currently approximately 22,000 displaced men, women and children in Maung Daw – a town within Rakhine State.
Helping those who need it most
Access into the country is limited, but despite this, Greater Manchester-based humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal is doing what it can to help those who need it most. The organisation has put processes in place designed to provide the people of Myanmar with the assistance they so urgently need.
So far, Human Appeal has visited a number of villages in the township of Maung Daw. During the visit, the charity spoke first hand to suffering families, identifying those who are desperate for help.
The non-profit organisation has been able to provide thousands of families with emergency food parcels and clean, safe drinking water, in addition to clothing, blankets and supplies for infants.
The charity has also provided life-saving medical care. Human Appeal’s relief team has been able to organise doctors, paramedics and health assistants to offer health checks and treatments, including blood pressure medicine, oral saline for those who are dehydrated and nutritional supplements for babies.
How you can help
In order for Human Appeal to continue its efforts in Myanmar, the charity needs your help. With your generosity, the organisation will be able to carry on assisting vulnerable men, women and children throughout the country.
Making a monetary contribution is one of the easiest, quickest and most effective ways in which you can do your bit to help. Regardless of whether you can afford to give a little or a lot, you can choose to sign up for regular giving or you can make a one off payment.
For details on how you can donate and more information about Human Appeal’s projects, you can visit the charity’s website www.humanappeal.org.uk.