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Myanmar’s official requests UN to stay committed to delivering humanitarian assistance amidst instability


Myanmar: 31 July 2021 (TDI): 

Ramanathan Balakrishna, an acting Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator and the organization’s top aid official in Myanmar spoke to UN news describing the country’s situation of instability and deteriorating socio-economic and security situation and raging third wave of COVID-19.

200,000 people from the states of Shan, Chin, and Kachin were displaced from their homes by the ongoing nature of armed resistance to State security forces. Before the coup, around one million people counting internally displaced people in Rakhine calls for urgent humanitarian aid. The number doubled since the junta’s power grab on 1 February.

Myanmar’s health system faces extreme pressure due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis. In addition, it got worse following the attacks on medical personnel and facilities disrupting basic services across the country.

Balakrishna insisted that the UN remained committed to calling out human rights violations, respecting the will of the country’s people, and deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar.

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