Refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on 5 September 2017. Nearly 125,000 refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on 25 August, according to the UN. Photo: K. M. Asad/AFP Photo/ NTB Scanpix

"Imperative that aid agencies can freely access Rakhine State"

Published 06. Sep 2017
Statement from the NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on Myanmar.

“The devastating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August has led to an explosion of unmet needs within the local vulnerable populations. We are likely looking at a full-blown humanitarian crisis that warrants a large-scale response. We now need full and unimpeded access to affected communities, including all parts of the northern Rakhine.

Humanitarian access is urgently needed to enable needs assessments, as well as the provision of emergency relief and other humanitarian services. I urge the authorities in Myanmar to give us the green light to access communities sheltering in violence-affected areas. Restrictions on movement may threaten the lives of countless men, women and children.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has for some time assisted in the camps sheltering displaced people in Rakhine State. These families depend on food, water and medical support from relief agencies. Without new aid and with people unable to move safely, communities have little reserves to survive on.

Our relief teams within Rakhine and other parts of Myanmar are ready to deliver emergency assistance immediately if we get the green light from the authorities. Our supplies, trucks and able aid workers are ready to help.

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