News and Updates
Chronic malnutrition rates decrease
The 2015 Nutrition Survey carried out by TBC and health agencies revealed significant progress in reducing stunting by 5.7% and maintaining a low level of wasting at 2.0% in the refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma/Myanmar border since 2013.
End of Funding Will Force Ei Tu Hta Karen Displaced Peoples’ Camp To Close
Funding for thousands of displaced Karen people living at Ei Tu Hta IDP camp face a daunting future as funding will stop in September 2017.
Refugees watch election with interest, trepidation
The Myanmar Times has published a front page article exploring refugee perspectives about the elections. While an error about rice rations in the 1990s is unfortunate, the inclusion of refugees in reporting by the mass media about national political affairs is a welcome development.
Conflict and displacement on the Asia Highway
Karen News report that six villages in Kawkareik Township have been displaced and are facing food shortages since conflict over taxation revenues on the Asia Highway erupted in July. Tensions along the trans-border corridor continue despite the official opening on 30 August.
Conflict and Abuse in Southern Shan State
The Shan Human Rights Foundation reports civilians have been conscripted as human shields by Tatmadaw troops during ongoing clashes with the Shan State Army-South in Kunhing Township. This follows increased tensions related to the proposed construction of a large-scale hydropower dam on the nearby Salween River.