UN humanitarian chief visits Myanmar

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Valerie Amos visits Myanmar

The head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA), Valerie Amos, is in Myanmar to assess the country's humanitarian situation including the ongoing conflict in Kachin and northern Shan states.

OCHA says that about 75,000 people in these states have been forced to flee their homes since the fighting began in June last year.

On Thursday, Ms Amos visited a camp hosting about 700 internally displaced persons in a government-controlled area outside Myityina, the capital of Kachin state.

Ms. Amos is also looking at the effects of the inter-communal violence in Rakhine State where more than 115,000 people have been displaced and the community remains divided.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says earlier in the week, Ms. Amos visited different communities in the state who have lost almost everything as a result of the violence.

"While there, she highlighted the security threats to humanitarian workers as a major challenge in providing assistance and said that we need political leaders in Myanmar to support the important humanitarian work being done by the United Nations and partners. Local leaders need to speak out and explain that they have asked us to be there to help."

Duration: 19"

OCHA says approximately more than $40 million are needed to meet the needs of the displaced people in the state for the next nine months.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’27″

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