Key Messages

  • As an impartial and humanitarian organisation, MA-UK works with people affected from all sides of the conflict regardless of their race, gender or ethnicity.
  • MA-UK is in contact with the government of Myanmar regarding access and the delivery of humanitarian aid.
  • MA-UK has a small operation in Myanmar, which represents a tiny percentage of our work overseas. Our work in Myanmar mainly consists of distributing food packages to help people affected by the conflict.

Below are some of the questions we have received frequently. If you would like to know more about our operations in Myanmar, please contact us.

Political Context

Inter-communal violence in the northern Rakhine state has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
MA-UK recognises there is a conflict taking place in Myanmar which has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. As an impartial and humanitarian organisation, MA-UK is responding to the humanitarian situation and providing assistance to people affected from all sides of the conflict.
MA-UK works with all people affected by the conflict in Myanmar regardless of their race, gender or ethnicity. MA-UK is a humanitarian organisation, which adheres to the international humanitarian principles and standards of independence and impartiality. MA-UK is not politically affiliated or allied with any government or political group.
MA-UK respects the independence of the Muslim community both here in the UK and abroad. As an impartial and humanitarian organisation, MA-UK does not endorse or support boycotts in any conflict situation. MA-UK’s mandate in Myanmar is purely humanitarian to provide urgent lifesaving aid to help people affected by the conflict.
MA-UK cannot speak for the government of Myanmar. We are in contact with the government to negotiate access to hard to reach areas in Myanmar, and to deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid. MA-UK is an impartial humanitarian organisation dedicated to fighting poverty and suffering in Myanmar and around the world.
MA-UK only has a small operation in Myanmar and works with trusted partners. As a faith-based organisation, MA-UK abides by international humanitarian principles and we have rigorous controls in place to ensure that our funds will directly reach the people who need it most.
Due to the sensitive context of working in Myanmar, MuslimAid is referred to as <b>MA-UK Myanmar</b> in country.

MA-UK’s Work

In Rakhine, MA-UK is working in the capital, Sittwe, to provide people who have been displaced by conflict with vital food items as well as hygiene and sanitation kits. We are planning to build hundreds of shelters to help people rebuild their communities. In the northern state of Rakhine, we have plans in place to help more than 60,000 people affected by conflict in Maungdaw. This includes providing food and shelter as well as hygiene and sanitation support to families who been cut off from assistance.
MA-UK has been working in Myanmar since 2012. We have a small operation in country, which represents a tiny percentage of our work overseas. MA-UK has been providing vital emergency assistance and long-term development projects to reach thousands of people in desperate need throughout Myanmar each year. We have provided clean water to more than 60, 000 people and given cash distributions to around 5,000 families to help them put enough food on the table. In addition, we have built hundreds of homes and hospitals, run mobile clinics, and rehabilitated schools to ensure children can get an education. We are continuing to support hundreds of women to rebuild their livelihoods, and providing food distributions to thousands of people who have been displaced by conflict.
MA-UK works with a number of partners in Myanmar including Mercy Malyasia, Positive Muslim Group, Myanmar Interfaith Network on Aids, and the Ministries of Social Affairs, Health and Education.
MA-UK’s vital humanitarian work in Myanmar would not be possible without the generosity of its donors. These include the Qatar Red Crescent, the US organisation Helping Hand, the Islamic Development Bank and the local organisation Rainbow in Myanmar.