The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that it and the Myanmar Red Cross Society had provided humanitarian assistance to around 4,000 persons. The last registration of the shelter records shows that there were 1,007 households and 5,526 people in the camp in January 2017. That number has most certainly increased.
Shortly after my short visit to the Myaning Gyi Ngu camp, food assistance supported by international organizations to ended on September of 2017. Furthermore, there have been enormous cuts to vital services such as health and education. Eliminating food assistance and cutting education and health support poses risk of starvation, spread of disease, and children going uneducated and hungry.
Militarization in closeby villages is one of the main barriers preventing the safe return and reintegration of IDPs to their original working areas and villages. Not only has the presence of landmines and a high number of military camps increased local community members’ safety and security concerns but the IDPs also face significant livelihood challenges due to military actions such as the burning of hill farms.
There have been reports of three IDPs who attempted to return to their village in the hope of recuperating livestock and property but ended up injured from landmines. The camp official said he is struggling to feed everyone since they only now receive aid from local community-based organizations (CBOs).
They need your help!
Our goal is to raise awareness of the plight of our Karen brother and sisters in Myanmar, but more than that, we aim to relieve their acute suffering.
During Poverty & Homelessness Week on Centre College campus from November 12th to 17th, we pledge to raise $5000 for the inhabitants of the Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP Camp. That comes out to approximately a single dollar per IDP. It is a small gift we can give to help meet the basic food and health needs of these victims of violence.
The money will be collected and delivered in Myanmar by hand to personnel working with the Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP camp. Then it will be used to purchase basic food such as rice, potatoes, beans, chili pepper, oil, salt and other necessity.
Please be a part of this cause to help meet the immediate needs of our Karen friends.
Thank you for your generous donation
Eh Nay Thaw
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