Tuesday 26 February 2013
ShelterBox responds to conflict in MyanmarSRT member Sallie Buck with Colombia’s first lady, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez. Colombia 2011.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) consisting of Sallie Buck (UK) and Alison Ashlin (UK) is traveling to Myanmar to meet with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) to find a suitable way to support families displaced by the Kachin conflict in the north of the country.
The conflict is one of many collectively referred to as the Burmese Civil War. Fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and Myanmar Army restarted in June 2011 after a 17-year-old ceasefire broke down and continued throughout last year.
'We have been monitoring the deteriorating situation in Myanmar over the past few months and have seen the violence escalate and displacement increase,' said ShelterBox Operations Coordinator and Response Team member Alison Ashlin (UK).
Alison Ashlin in Congo, April 2012.
'Meeting with ACTED who already have an office in country will enable us to establish a clear need for ShelterBoxes and look at possible distribution plans. If our aid is appropriate for the area, we will transport boxes prepositioned in Singapore to allow for a rapid response.'
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between ACTED and ShelterBox, both agreeing to work together to help, where possible, respond to the dire need of the displaced families, who have been suffering since the outbreak of the conflict over one and a half years ago.