Rathedaung, Myanmar: Assessment team walking on paddy fields in Nyaung Pin Gyi village, which compromises approximately 300 household. During the October violence 52 households had their property burnt. The burnt households are receiving support from their families and neighbors. In terms of coping mechanisms, Nyaung Pin Gyi is better off than other villages where all households had their properties burnt, and there is nothing left to share.The rice paddies belonging to Nyaung Pin Gyi are not cultivated because the farmers have not been able to leave the confines of their village since the outbreak of the violence in June. The isolation of villages means not only that people are unable to cultivate their land, it also entails not accessing markets (food items, hygiene and sanitary items), no access to education and no access to health services. The isolation is particularly harmful to children, who suffer from the lack of nutritious food, newborns not receiving basic vaccinations and treatments for malnutrition and disease are unavailable. In addition the lack of access to education means that children have little in terms of stimulating activities, leading to apathy and depression. Although the situation in Nyaung Pin Gyi was relatively good at the time of this visit, the situation of people living in these villages is by the end of 2012 deteriorating quickly which is evident from the number of malnourished children and peoples’ general health condition. Photo: Ingrid Revaug.