Published on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 16:05
IDP camp in Bowhdigone village, Maungdaw
Photo - Win Maw (Maungdaw/EMG)
Most displaced people in Rakhine State are still relying on tents for shelter in the camps they fled to after communal violence erupted in June last year, recent visits to camps by Eleven Media for internally displaced persons reported.
People began fleeing their homes after the violence erupted in Maungdaw region on June 8.
The government and international nongovernmental organisations have announced plans to build new permanent housing for the IDPs, many of whose houses were torched, but construction has yet to begin on many of them.
CARE Myanmar said it would build about 130 new houses in Thayaykonebaung village, while a total of 222 houses are to be built by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other international NGOs in five villages. UNHCR has begun building 80 new permanent houses but people in the camps say they have not been told when construction would be finished. They also said CARE had yet to begin construction of new houses.
The Border Affairs Department has completed construction of most of the 200 new houses it pledged to build in or around nine villages.
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