Relief groups joined the UN and ambassadors to call on the military and the Arakan Army to stop the violence in Rakhine as thousands have fled their homes since last week.
The evacuation prompted diplomatic missions in Myanmar to issue a statement on the worsening humanitarian and security situation in Rakhine and southern Chin State.
A displaced man in Paletwa, Chin State was shot and killed while walking to get rice from a nearby village in an area rocked by fighting between the military and the Arakan Army.
Families driven from their homes by fighting with the Arakan Army will struggle to send their children to schools when COVID-19 restrictions end.
Kyauktalone camp in Rakhine’s Kyaukphyu houses Rohingya who were displaced following sectarian violence in 2012.
Displaced residents of Lekka Village say the Myanmar military burned down over half of their homes, while the military blames the Arakan Army.
The Irrawaddy talks with economic researcher Dr. Zaw Oo and policy expert Ko Khine Win about how Myanmar’s government can help businesses and workers through COVID-19.
A Rakhine State government spokesperson says humanitarian groups can build IDP camps if they obtain permission and if the camps are not in a sensitive location.
Around 300 internally displaced people were turned away by Myanmar’s military as they tried to reach their homes because clashes continue with the rebel RCSS.
The Rakhine conflict is increasingly marked by civilian casualties, for which neither of the warring parties is being held accountable.
Rakhine State’s parliament speaker called on the government to increase aid and allow humanitarian organizations to provide food for those displaced by armed conflict.
Whether it’s to celebrate their history, find long-lost loved ones or just enjoy the festivities, people flock to Shan State National Day from all corners of the region
Shops have sold out of face masks along the Chinese border as fears about the coronavirus grow. NGOs are asking people to send masks for the crowded IDP camps.
A local Rakhine group says over 160,000 people have been displaced by fighting in northern Rakhine State and the number continues to swell along with calls for more aid.
Adding to their dismay, civilians fleeing the fighting between the army and the AA say they have nowhere to go after being evicted by the military.