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.
Tens of thousands of Muslims who have fled violence in northwestern Burma are living in “extremely poor” conditions in neighboring Bangladesh and need better shelter as the country’s cyclone season approaches, the Red Cross says.
More than 65,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled conflict-torn northern Arakan State in recent months, seeking shelter across the border in Bangladesh, according to startling figures released by the United Nations this week.
Malaysia said on Monday the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Burma was a regional concern and called for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to coordinate humanitarian aid and investigate alleged atrocities committed against them.
A commission set up by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to investigate attacks on border posts and the army’s brutal response on Wednesday said security forces had abided by the law in a Muslim-majority area of northern Arakan State.
The State Counsellor’s Office has said the government is considering taking action against the Daily Mail for accusing the Burma Army of torturing a toddler with a stun gun in an online post that was later removed from the British tabloid’s website.
Arakan State Advisory Commission chair Kofi Annan’s statement this week that he had been assured humanitarian aid access would be restored to northern Arakan State in the near future has put a tentative, if ill-defined, time table on potentially life-saving assistance.