myanmar: 3 million across Myanmar are in need of humanitarian aid, warns the UN

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NEW YORK: Growing conflict, insecurity, Covid-19 and a failing economy have left some three million Burmese in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance around the world. Burma, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said Monday.
“The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is deteriorating,” Martin Griffiths said in a statement, adding that “without an end to the violence and a peaceful resolution of the Myanmar crisis, this number will only increase.”
Since a February 1 military takeover ousted the democratically elected government, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violent crackdowns across the country.
At the same time, 223,000 Burmese remain internally displaced, including 165,000 in the south-east of the country, adding to those already displaced in Rakhine, Chin, Shan and Kachin prior to the acquisition.
“Long-term displacement remains unsolved, with 144,000 Rohingya still confined to camps and camp-like environments in Rakhine, many since their displacement in 2012, and more than 105,000 displaced in Kachin and Shan, many for years,” said the boss. of humanitarian affairs.
“I am also increasingly concerned about reports of rising levels of food insecurity in and around urban areas, including Yangon and Mandalay.”
In recent weeks, Griffiths noted that the situation in the Northwest has become “extremely worrying,” with hostilities escalating among the Armed Forces of Myanmar, the Chinese Defense Force in the state of Chin and the People’s Defense Forces in the Magway and Sagaing regions.
“More than 37,000 people, including women and children, have recently been displaced and more than 160 homes have been burned, including churches and offices of a humanitarian organization,” he said.
Stressing that direct attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including humanitarian workers and facilities, are “clearly prohibited by international humanitarian law”, he stressed that they must “cease immediately”.
This year alone, aid workers have reached more than 1.67 million people in Myanmar with food, money and nutritional assistance, and while they are ready to do more, they lack access and are proving difficult to obtain additional funds.
“Access to many people in dire need across the country remains extremely limited due to bureaucratic impediments put in place by the military,” Griffiths explained.
He called on the armed forces of Myanmar and all parties to “facilitate safe, rapid and unhindered humanitarian access” and the international community to “finance the response”.

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