It is little wonder that local humanitarian organisations and CSOs are such a central part of Burma’s social fabric given the country’s unparalleled culture of compassion and generosity in the face of suffering.
Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Burma, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.
Bangladesh approved a $280 million project on Tuesday to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighbouring Burma.
Chin State has suffered particularly erratic rainfall, landslides and floods. But new adaptation programs are aiming to prepare farming communities for future changes in the climate and improve food security.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister called on the international community on Monday to address Burma’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its mainly Buddhist neighbour.
Bangladesh is determined to relocate Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Burma to a Bay of Bengal island that critics say is unliveable, a Bangladeshi minister said, adding that the move is temporary and Burma will ultimately have to take them back.
Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Arakan State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens.