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The crisis in Myanmar began with coordinated attacks that took place in the Rakhine State of Myanmar in August 2017, leading to violence that continued for months. The state, which is the poorest in Myanmar, witnessed large-scale destruction and killings brought on by clashes and burning of homes and villages.
The violence led to a wave of displacement both inside Rakhine and from Rakhine into Bangladesh. Within five months of the Myanmar conflict, it is estimated that over 655,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh to flee the violence, while tens of thousands have been displaced in the Rakhine state.
Since the Myanmar conflict began, the emergency aid has mainly focused on food, health, shelter and non-food relief items, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security and livelihood, and activities carried out on behalf of people entitled to protection under international humanitarian law. We will continue reaching out to new communities with emergency assistance, while also focusing on recovery and long-term development for families affected by the Myanmar conflict.
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