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US Urge Myanmar Govt to Allow International NGOs to Resume Relief Activities in Arakan State

Saturday, April 5, 2014 rp_610x407x5.Ban-Ki-moon.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.viLahBGKSi.jpgThe United States has urged the govermment of Burma (Myanmar) to provide International NGOs and humanitarian groups access to the violence-hit Arakan state, where hundreds of Rohingyas have been killed since June 2012 and more than 140,000 displaced Rohingyas are living under dire condition. International NGOs were forced out of Arakan by maruading Rakhine mobs that violently attacked their offices and warehouses.

U.S. Embassy spokesperson Andrew Leahy said to VOA “I think what we’ve seen repeatedly in Rakhine State is an environment that has been a difficult to operate in environment for the humanitarian aid workers and the international NGOs. Particularly those providing services to vulnerable populations. And I think we want to make sure these organizations have the security they need to provide this vital humanitarian assistance.”

Meanwhile, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) said “nearly 15,000 children in IDP camps who no longer have access to psycho-social support. Even more worrying, we see there are 300 children with severe, acute malnutrition in Sittwe that usually get lifesaving treatment are not getting that anymore. And so their lives are at risk. We also know that over the next two weeks we need to distribute more than 1,000 metric tons of food to the camps.”

Sources Referred: VOA News

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