The European Commission has allocated an additional €3 million in humanitarian aid to help those affected by conflict and communal violence in Myanmar/Burma. This brings the total humanitarian assistance to €48.6 m for 2012-2013.
Fighting between the national army and the Kachin Independence Army has left thousands displaced in the northeast, while communal violence in Rakhine State has led to further displacements. New funds will be used to bring food, nutrition and livelihood support to the most vulnerable of the affected people in Rakhine, Kachin and Northern Shan states.
"Thousands of people have lost their homes and are living in dire conditions. After several disrupted harvests and prohibition of access to markets in areas affected by violence, the survival of displaced families has been put at risk. We will strive to ensure that food and livelihood support reach those most in need," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
The European Commission has released €179 million in relief assistance for Myanmar/Burma over the last 20 years, and maintains an office in Yangon since 2005 to facilitate the delivery of aid.