Children of all communities in Rakhine State are the first victims of the inter-communal violence, says UNICEF
Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar 03 April 2014- Humanitarian operations in Rakhine State have been interrupted after attacks on UN and NGO premises in Sittwe one week ago led to the relocation of more than 170 staff and severe damage to more than a dozen humanitarian premises. Life-saving assistance to displaced people, isolated villages, and Rakhine communities have been seriously disrupted. The provision of water, health services, food, and protection are of particular concern.
"The attack on humanitarian assistance, is actually an attack on the most vulnerable, especially children" said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar.
Restoring lifesaving interventions for children in all communities is the absolute priority for UNICEF. Services for an estimated 2,700 malnourished children are currently suspended and UNICEF is in discussion with the Ministry of Health in Sittwe to resume support as soon as possible.
While protection mechanisms for children, including community based monitoring system are functioning, UNICEF is strengthening support to the Department of Social Welfare in order to protect vulnerable children in Sittwe Township.
UNICEF is committed to address both humanitarian and development unmet needs of all communities in Rakhine State, regardless of the ethnicity and the citizenship status of children or their parents.