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The people of Myanmar continue to be targeted with increasing violence.

Since February last year, children in Myanmar have been subjected to escalating violence and ongoing political and economic turmoil.

Armed conflict continues in many regions of Myanmar. The conflict has led to thousands of civilian casualties and damage to infrastructure. We know that children living in conflict-affected areas are vulnerable to violence, abuse, arrest and detention, and recruitment into armed forces.

Recent violence and airstrikes have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

We are devastated to have lost two members of the Save the Children team. They were among at least 35 people killed – including four children – on Friday 24th December in an attack in Kayah State.

Our organisation is grieving for two beloved, irreplaceable colleagues and the people of Kayah who lost their lives and family members. The loss of our staff and innocent civilians in Kayah State is a breach of International Humanitarian Law.

Children deserve to grow up free of violence.

The international community must take urgent steps to protect children and humanitarian aid workers in Myanmar. 

We’re calling for:

  • The UN Security Council to convene as soon as possible to set out the steps they will take to hold those responsible to account. Member states should impose an arms embargo, including a focus on limiting the airstrikes seen over recent days.
  • The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) must also convene an urgent meeting to review and action the 'Five Point Consensus' agreed on last April which calls for an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar and for the ASEAN Special Envoy to help mediate a diplomatic solution.

Our programming in Myanmar.

We have temporarily suspended our operations in Kayah and Chin State and parts of Magway and Kayin following the incident on the 24th December 2021. However, we remain committed to helping the most vulnerable children in Myanmar.

We have been working in Myanmar since 1995, providing life-saving health and nutrition, education and child protection programmes through more than 50 partners and 900 staff across the country.  And we won´t stop now.

Our programming in Myanmar includes:

  • Improving children's access to basic health and nutrition.
  • Ensuring that all children are protected from harm.
  • Upholding children's rights to participation and representation.
  • Ensuring every child receives a quality education.
  • Addressing household poverty so that even the most vulnerable children have the opportunity to succeed.

Thank you for helping us to ensure all children are fed, protected and learning.

Read more about our child protection work.
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