"Appalling suffering" of displaced persons in Myanmar

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Together with Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, OCHA Director of Operations John Ging and team meet with Rakhine elders in Sittwe’s Ohm Re Paw Village in September 2014. Photo: UNDP Myanmar

People living in Rakhine State in Myanmar have been through what the United Nations has described as "appalling suffering".

On Friday, senior UN officials reported on what they encountered during a recent visit to the country where they met displaced people.

In 2012, inter-communal violence in Rakhine State led to the displacement of 140,000 people into 68 camps and settlements.

The UN officials said there were reasons for optimism despite the fact that more than 1 million people face discrimination and lack essential human rights,.

John Ging, Director of the UN's humanitarian office, said this is a crisis which has the potential to be resolved by meeting the needs of all communities.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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