Displaced families face the devastating consequences of armed conflict every day, including the loss of their homes and livelihoods, along with limited access to essentials like food, water, education, medicines and health care.
“Some days, I just want to disappear like smoke. It is too much of a burden for me and my family to bear,” says Daw Pu*, a mother who fled from her town with her five children to escape the violence.
“We had to flee using boats, and it took us approximately eight hours to reach this place. This is a small town with few job opportunities, and despite my best efforts, I struggle to support my family,” explains Daw Pu*, who now resides in Ohn Taw.
Yet, escaping from the violence is not the only challenge for these families.
In early August 2023, many displaced families and host communities were impacted by floods due to the heavy rain. “I lost all the stocked rice and had to move from our current place because the water level rose above my height,” she recalls. “We stayed at other people’s homes for 19 days, borrowing their clothes and eating what they would offer to us.”
Many displaced families have to similarly rely on support from the host communities and local and international organizations.
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