• Crisis Severity ?
    3.7
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    2.6
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    3.9
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    4.2
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    5.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 55,700,000 Total population [?]
  • 1,553,000 People affected [?]
  • 1,267,000 People displaced [?]
  • 1,553,000 People in Need [?]

Overview

01/09/2022

Rakhine is one of the poorest and least developed states in the country. It is home to the Rohingya, a primarily Muslim and persecuted minority in Myanmar facing repression and discrimination. They are considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, which renders them stateless.?

Since 1978, Rakhine has seen numerous incidents of state violence against its Rohingya population. An extreme episode of violence beginning in August 2017 triggered the displacement of more than 700,000 Rohingya from Rakhine to Bangladesh; currently, over 920,000 Rohingya are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. There are 600,000 Rohingya currently in Rakhine; 470,000 are not considered displaced but are stateless, and over 130,000 are confined to camps or camp-like settings in central Rakhine. They continue to face extreme restrictions on their freedom of movement, segregation, marginalisation, extortion, and trafficking. They also face limited access to healthcare, education, and livelihood opportunities.?

The Arakan Army (AA) – a Rakhine ethnic armed group – has led an insurgency in the state that escalated between January 2019 and November 2020 and resulted in hundreds of casualties and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure, including schools. In the past few years, the AA has made significant strides in controlling the state, especially in the northern and central parts. After an informal ceasefire between the AA and the Myanmar military that lasted around two years, tensions have significantly escalated in 2022, leading to a risk of wider conflict. The AA claims to seek self-determination for the multiethnic people of Rakhine state.?

Latest Developments

21/09/2022

Amidst escalating fighting between the Myanmar military junta and the Arakan Army, the junta has ordered local and international humanitarian NGOs and UN relief agencies to halt their operations in six townships (Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, Myebon, and Rathedaung) of Rakhine state until further notice. This hinders the delivery of relief assistance for at least 240,000 people in need. ?