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A patchwork of on-going ethnic and internal conflicts have plagued Myanmar since the country’s independence in 1948, leaving many regions in the grip of a protracted and interlinked set of crises considered to be the world’s longest active civil war. Rights violations are regular and systematic, and the chronic state of conflict causes both short and long-term displacement.
Despite the signing of a nationwide ceasefire in 2015, several armed groups in Kachin, Shan and Chin states are still in active conflict with the military, and these persistent conflicts regularly trigger civilian displacement. In 2019, the conflict between the military and the Arakan Army (an insurgent group founded in 2009) caused the displacement of 80,000 people in Rakhine and Chin states. In the same year, inter-ethnic violence forced people to flee their homes in Shan, Karen and Mon states, and in Bago Region.
Compounding the vulnerability of people in Myanmar, monsoon flooding is a seasonally recurring natural hazard, which was responsible for triggering most of the 270,000 new displacements recorded in 2019.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operating in Myanmar since 2009, when it arrived to provide assistance in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Nargis.
Today, DRC works in four states - Rakhine, Kachin, Kayah, and northern Shan – with activities covering five core sectors: protection; income-generation (business and vocational training); camp coordination and management; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and humanitarian mine action.