Rohingya camp conditions in Myanmar ‘appalling’ – U.N. official

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By June 17, 2014 20:19

BY MICHELLE NICHOLS

UNITED NATIONS Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:46pm BST

Severely malnourished 25-day-old twins are held by her mother Norbagoun, a displaced Rohingya woman, in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Minzayar

Severely malnourished 25-day-old twins are held by her mother Norbagoun, a displaced Rohingya woman, in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. (CREDIT: REUTERS/MINZAYAR)

(Reuters) – A senior U.N. aid official said on Tuesday she had witnessed a level of human suffering never seen before in camps for some 140,000 stateless Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, displaced by Buddhist-Muslim violence sparked in 2012.

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-Wha Kang visited Myanmar last week, travelling to western Rakhine state and northern Kachin state, where more than 100,000 people have been displaced since fighting between ethnic minority insurgents and the government erupted in June 2011, ending a 17-year ceasefire.

“In Rakhine, I witnessed a level of human suffering in IDP (internally displaced person) camps that I have personally never seen before, with men, women, and children living in appalling conditions with severe restrictions on their freedom of movement, both in camps and isolated villages,” Kang said.

“Many people have wholly inadequate access to basic services including health, education, water and sanitation,” she said.

Kang added that the safety and security of U.N. staff and other aid workers also remained at risk until the Myanmar authorities ensured the perpetrators of attacks against NGO and U.N. offices in March were brought to justice.

In February Myanmar authorities expelled Medecins Sans Frontieres – the main aid group in Rakhine – and then the March attacks led to the withdrawal of more aid groups, sparking a health crisis in the camps that the government has dismissed.

“Humanitarian workers in Rakhine are carrying out their work under extremely difficult circumstances and I was humbled by their commitment to stay and deliver,” Kang said.

For more, please visit: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/17/uk-myanmar-un-aid-idUKKBN0ES2MA20140617

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