Myanmar has suffered from decades of isolation. Although It has recently transitioned from military dictatorship to civilian rule, there remains large scale poverty across the country.
Islamic Relief has worked in Myanmar, primarily in response to emergencies, most recently in 2012, following an outbreak of violence, 80,000 people in Myanmar were displaced in Rakhine State, mainly from the ethnic Rohingya minority. Islamic Relief responded by distributing emergency food to families, constructing shelters for families whose houses had been burnt to the ground.
Previous to this, Islamic Relief has worked with the construction of an entire village for 10,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees in 2008 in Teknaf, on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in a project with the European Commission. The village became home to refugees that were sleeping along river banks, living in a state of fear.