UN warns that Myanmar is on the edge of a humanitarian crisis following the military coup.

The United Nations has stated that one-third of Myanmar’s population, which amounts to more than 18 million people, is in need of humanitarian aid. In an effort to address this need, the UN is seeking $1 billion in donations for the upcoming year. The humanitarian situation in Myanmar has worsened since the coup that took place almost three years ago, according to the global body. On Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a report stating that Myanmar is on the brink of a deepening humanitarian crisis, with the civilian population living in fear. The report also highlighted the alarming number of children affected by the crisis, with 6 million in need of support due to displacement, interrupted healthcare and education, food insecurity, malnutrition, and protection risks. Mass displacement is also a growing concern, with nearly 2.6 million people forced out of their homes, including more than 660,000 since late October amid escalating conflict. The report predicts that conflicts and violence will worsen in 2024. In light of these dire circumstances, OCHA is calling for $994 million in donations to aid the 5.3 million people identified as priorities for assistance in Myanmar next year. The UN emphasizes the urgency of preventing Myanmar from becoming a forgotten emergency and notes that the majority of international aid programs remain underfunded.

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