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Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country with a unique diversity of more than 130 different ethnic groups and an abundant wealth of natural resources. It has a population roughly equal to that of England and Wales combined, yet one in three people live below the poverty line.

Why CAFOD works in Myanmar

Since the inauguration of the first democratically elected government in 2011, Myanmar has been slowly emerging from decades of military rule and a civil war that started in 1948 and still continues today. 

The country also faces stronger storms, floods, and droughts that ravage the country, displacing, killing and destroying the livelihoods of thousands.

Myanmar has opened up to foreign investors recently. This has led to many opportunities but is also increasingly threatening local communities through land grabs and environmental destruction caused by companies exploiting natural resources.

The government has recently implemented a lockdown in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

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Our work in Myanmar

CAFOD has been working in Myanmar since 1993. Through our local network, we aim to support the poorest and most marginalised people in the country regardless of faith or ethnicity. 

  • We work to help vulnerable people to adapt to and prepare for future humanitarian crises 
  • We support ongoing peace efforts by listening to those excluded from the process and by empowering young people and faith leaders to transform conflicts in their own communities
  • We bring together, training and empowering local groups and community leaders to speak out and work on issues that matter most to people on the ground.

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