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More aid to reach violence victims in Myanmar

Security presence in the IDP camps in Rakhine State © UE
16/11/2012  - 

The European Commission is increasing its funding for victims of the recent inter-communal violence in Rakhine state in Burma/Myanmar by €1 million. Thousands of people have been left homeless by the outbreak. The extra funds will provide food to the most vulnerable among them.

‘I am extremely concerned about the violence in Rakhine state,’ said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner. ‘In a situation where so many people have lost their homes and their possessions, this additional funding will help provide life-saving assistance to all of those affected provided that our partners on the ground are given access to all areas in Rakhine state.’

Humanitarian experts from the European Commission have been on the ground, assessing the situation. They confirm that food, shelter, drinking water, basic sanitation, hygiene and other basic items are all urgently needed.
The EU’s serious concern about the situation in Rakhine state was also raised by the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, during his recent visit to the country.