|Nour Hartu with her youngest daughter, Tosmin Ara, in A Nauk Ywe village|
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Myo Thame
Children and families in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are still recovering from the sectarian violence that erupted in 2012. Many live in camps, where they are vulnerable to both water shortages and floods. UNICEF is currently helping flood-affected families to access clean water, but when we visited in early June, they faced the opposite problem – water shortages caused by a prolonged period of drought.
Less than an hour boat journey separates Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, from A Nauk Ywe village, where over 1,000 Muslim families were relocated after the 2012 inter-communal violence in Rakhine State. Although the camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) was set up a few steps away from the waterfront, it faces a serious problem of water shortages every dry season.