ICCO Cooperation have granted EUR 50,000, together with Kerk in Actie, to emergency assistance for Rohingya fleeing the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The violent conflict has escalated in Rakhine State in western Myanmar after violence erupted in the end of August. According to the UN about 300,000 Rohingya people have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. About 400,000 people are estimated to be trapped in conflict zones in Rakhine, and the refugee camps are at breaking point. People seeking safety are hosted by refugee families in refugee camps, community centres and under the sky. They are tired and hungry and many are in need of medical assistance.
ICCO en Kerk in Actie funds are channeled through the Myanmar Lutheran World Federation (LWF), which is operating in Rakhine. The funds are used for (1) emergency food for 2,500 people, (2) necessities like clothes, cooking utensils and hygiene kits for 2,500 people, (3) school kits for 600 children and (4) for enabling psychosocial support to 200 people.