Situation of displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine State remains bleak

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IDP’s from Myanmar’s Rakhine state in temporary shelters. [UNHCR/ S.Kellly]

The situation for approximately tens of thousands of people displaced by inter-communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State remains bleak, according to the United Nations in the country.

The violence, which broke out between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in June and October last year, left more than 160 dead and over 10,000 buildings destroyed across the State.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey has more.

"The United Nations in Myanmar has warned that the humanitarian for some 140,000 displaced people in Rakhine State remains bleak, a year since inter-communal violence flared up. Humanitarian organizations have been supporting displaced communities with food, health care, water and sanitation, shelter and other life-saving relief supplies. Food aid is distributed on a monthly basis, with nearly 2,200 metric tonnes provided in May alone." (27")

Eduardo Del Buey says that more than 71,000 people now have access to temporary shelter but significant gaps remain, including limited funding for camp management and coordination activities.

The United Nations is calling for sustainable solutions to restore a lasting peace and harmony between the people of Rakhine State.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'11"

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