Myanmar Conflict Displaced more than 1 Million Refugees

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the new estimated number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing fighting between the military and ethnic armies or anti-junta paramilitaries surpassed one million people since the coup in February 2021. 

“During the reporting period, various parts of Myanmar have witnessed an escalation in fighting, further entrenching the already fragile humanitarian situation,” OCHA said

“The impact on civilians is worsening daily with frequent indiscriminate attacks and incidents involving explosive hazards, including landmines and explosive remnants of war,” OCHA added. 

OCHA’s update also said that those displaced by conflict in Myanmar were facing severe hardship in securing food, shelter, and healthcare.  

Meanwhile, junta deputy information minister Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun told news agency Radio Free Asia (RFA) that authorities “are taking full responsibilities for delivering aid.” 

“We could deliver aid to those in need in time, but … any aid coming to the country must go through ruling government agencies or groups that are sanctioned by the government to operate,” Zaw Min Tun said. 

At the same time, the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) also said the NUG is coordinating its assistance for refugees, including food and healthcare.  

“There are more than 600,000 IDPs [since the coup], and we are trying to find ways to prevent any further increase in that number,” NUG Minister of Humanitarian and Disaster Management Win Myat Aye said. 


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