The primary concern for UNICEF is the plight of children in Arakan State, and not the lexicon employed to describe members of the community, says Bertrand Bainvel, the agency’s leading official in Burma.
Representatives from UN agencies and NGOs met with the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) in Sittwe today, in the second such discussion since the suspension of most humanitarian operations in Arakan State in late March.
The international community has again issued urgent pleas to the Burmese government to restore humanitarian access in Arakan State, where critical health and supply services were largely terminated in late March.
Seventy-one aid workers, including 32 foreigners, are evacuated to a local police station in Sittwe after a crowd turns on international aid organisations. Reports say an 11-year-old was killed when police fired warning shots to disperse the crowd.
Arakanese Buddhists call for local police be given the right to use lethal force and demand that the UN and other international relief groups be expelled from the area; meanwhile, dozens of local Rohingyas are moving to IDP camps in fear of more violence.