Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot ( 3-9 January 2023)

January 11th, 2023  •  Author:   United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  •  2 minute read
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MYANMAR

In Rakhine and southern Chin, an informal ceasefire agreement between the Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar Armed Forces (MAF) continues to hold but remains very fragile. Transportation of goods and civilian movement have been restored along the main roads and rivers, although the road between Rathedaung and Ponnagyun townships is still closed, and checkpoints from both sides remain in place. The delivery of food, nutrition, health, protection, education, WASH and other humanitarian assistance to affected and displaced people has also gradually resumed in Rakhine with the granting of Travel Authorizations (TAs) after months of disruptions. However, access to eight restricted townships is currently confined to the urban areas. More than 16,000 people remain displaced in Rakhine and Paletwa township in southern Chin due to the most recent AA-MAF fighting, bringing the total number of remaining IDPs from past and present AA-MAF conflict to more than 89,000.

In other parts of the country, particularly in the Northwest and Southeast, heavy fighting, tight security, access restrictions, and threats against aid workers continue to endanger lives, drive new displacement, and hamper humanitarian operations. By the end of 2022, more than 1.5 million people remained displaced across the country, living in undignified conditions and in desperate need.
Source: Local media, partners, UN


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