International Committee of the Red Cross

Rakhine, Myanmar crisis: Lives shattered, needs urgent

Photo gallery 18 September 2017

Rakhine is the poorest state in Myanmar, and one that has been badly hit over the years, by violence and other disasters such as flooding.

The current outbreaks of violence have forced around 400,000 people to flee the state and cross over to neighbouring Bangladesh over a very short period of time. International aid agencies face a unique challenge to ensure that essential aid reaches hundreds of thousands of people amidst a growing crisis. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is scaling up operations in Myanmar and Bangladesh, including border areas.

While we continue scaling up aid to support all the people fleeing the ongoing violence, more funding is urgently needed. 

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