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Five Years On - Uprooted in Myanmar's Rakhine State

In June 2012, widespread violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State led to the displacement of 145 000 people. Five years later, nearly 100 000 still reside in camps on the outskirts of Sittwe, the state capital. The vast majority are members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, who are not recognised as citizens.

Deprived of the freedom of movement and access to government services, they are entirely dependent on international humanitarian aid for food, water and sanitation facilities, and access to basic healthcare. With support from EU Humanitarian Aid, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been providing emergency primary healthcare to these displaced communities.

Photos by Kaung Htet for IRC

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