The people of Myanmar need support to weather this devastating upheaval and to rebuild their lives safely. As with any crisis, those in the most vulnerable positions will be impacted the hardest-this includes women and children, those from minority ethnic and religious groups, and those up against other socio-economic barriers.
On Feb. 1 2021, the Myanmar military seized the highest seats of Parliament, turning people's lives upside down and threatening the stability and progress made over the past decade of semi-democratic governance. This is following an already challenging year, riddled with loss and fear caused by the Coronavirus global pandemic. Many people have been without paid work for months, struggling to make ends meet.
Funds raised in this project will go directly to people on the ground in two ways: Firstly, it will provide financial relief to people who require support to access basic food, housing, and medical needs. Secondly, it will provide flexible support so that any economic, political, and social progress made in the past decade is not reversed. With basic living costs taken care of, people can feel more confident to continue to organize locally, thus preserving pockets of civil society.
The military stated that they would hold a "fair and free elections" after this state of emergency has ended. So, we know that we have to think about this relief in the longer-term, as it is possible this crisis may last a full year. Ensuring support now will provide relief, allowing people to respond strategically and tactfully. Photo credit: Frontier Myanmar.
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