Myanmar: Income has halved, prices have risen sharply – many families can …

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On average, people in Myanmar have lost more than half of their income since the political crisis and the escalation of the conflict in February 2021, while the prices of basic commodities have increased by 30 to 70 percent.

The economic crisis and the corona pandemic have led to around 80 percent of families worrying about how to feed their children. In one in five households, adults are eating less to leave enough for their children. A third of the families borrow groceries or are dependent on other help.

“The world must not forget the children of Myanmar,” said Shaheen Chughtai, Advocacy Director of Save the Children in Asia. “Millions do not have enough food to eat and families have to beg or borrow money to survive. This is a worrying step back, especially at a time when humanitarian aid is severely underfunded. The rate at which poverty levels are rising has slowed after 17 years of progress – and the impact on children and their families – is a tragedy.”

Kin Thida* lives with her husband and three children in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Both used to work as bricklayers but lost their jobs during the economic crisis. “I used to be able to buy enough meat and vegetables for two meals for 3,000 kyat (about 1.5 US dollars). Now it’s only enough for one – often not even that,” says the 39-year-old.

Her daughter Sabal* had to drop out of school at 17 to earn money in a textile factory until it too was closed. To find a new job, she would have to register in her parents’ hometown, “but I can’t afford to drive there,” Sabal says. “I want to go back to school and become a nurse.” In early June, Save the Children reported that the number of children not being educated had doubled in the past two years.

The international children’s rights organization has been working in Myanmar since 1995, delivering health, nutrition, education and child protection programs through more than 50 partners and 900 staff across the country. Save the Children Germany has been supporting children and their families in the country since 2012. The organization currently runs four projects, funded with around 2.6 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office and private donations. This means that extensive help can be provided in the areas of child protection, education, children’s rights, health and nutrition.

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