IDP Support in Myanmar
Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) were already a major concern in Myanmar prior to the coup of February 2021. According to the Human Rights Watch in December 2020 there were 360,000 IDPs in Myanmar due to turmoil from years past.
Now with recent unrest and killings in the cities by the Myanmar Military, 22,000 additional people have fled into Karen areas and 21,000 into Kachin areas. These are conservative figures coming in and are delayed by a few days. As violence is increasing in the cities, the movement of people accelerates.
People are fleeing the larger cities into more rural jungle areas with only what they can carry. They are not prepared for what is needed to survive in harsh jungle conditions without food or shelter. In addition, Malaria is a serious threat to them in these areas.
These men, women and children will be in need of food, shelter and medical care. With no end in sight to this military coup, these needs will be ongoing for the near future. Many of these people will eventually try to make their way to UNHCR refugee camps on the Thailand border with Myanmar.
We have contacts within these areas that will provide rice, other food essentials, tarps and basic medical care to these IDPs.