5 tips for working in Myanmar

Rohingya leaders describe to aid workers with the European Commission’s humanitarian office the region’s major problems since the outbreaks of violence in June and October 2012. Myanmar, a country in transition, can be an unfamiliar environment to navigate for aid workers and consultants. Photo by: Christophe Reltien / ECHO / CC BY-ND

Last year, a Malteser International staff member removed a Buddhist flag from the agency’s office building in Sittwe, Rakhine State’s capital city. Malteser claimed the act was done to show the group’s neutrality in the ethnic conflict dividing the state on Myanmar’s western coast.

The Buddhists who comprise the majority of the population in Rakhine State, however, saw it as a sign of disrespect, resulting in a surge of violence against international aid workers in Sittwe.

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