Myanmarese government has allowed the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), along with
other international humanitarian agencies, to send aid for refugees of a deadly
conflict between the Rohingyas and Rakhines in the country, PMI stated in a press
release issued on Saturday evening.
aid from the PMI, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Qatar
Red Crescent Society (QRCS) will be distributed by the Myanmar Red Cross, under
the supervision of the Myanmar government.
agreement was announced during a visit to the Thet Kay Pyin refugee camp in
Rakhine province on Saturday, which was made by Myanmar’s Border Affairs
Minister Thein Htay, PMI chairman Jusuf Kalla, OIC assistant secretary-general
Atta El- Mannan and QRCS president Mohamed Gahnim Al Mahdeed.
to the press release, thousands of refugees live in dense camps with poor sanitation
and medical facilities.
heavy rains hit the site, large numbers of refugees suffered from diarrhea,
respiratory infections and cholera.
aid from the three bodies, refugees still face food and medicine shortages.
urged the Myanmar government to carry out rehabilitation and reconstruction
measures in the province within six months.
it passes six months, the province] may face psychology and health problems,”
he said in the press release.
said financial limitation had constrained his government from implementing such
we are open to aid from international bodies in an effort to solve the matter.”
added that Myanmar has intensified discussions among religious figures in hopes
to ease tension between the groups, which has been ongoing since June.
Muslim Rohingyas have become targets in a sectarian conflict with Buddhist
Rakhines. To make things worse, the Myanmarese government does not recognize
Rohingya as a minority group in the country. (yps)