WorldUN: more than 3 million people need 'life-saving' aid in Myanmar

UN: more than 3 million people need ‘life-saving’ aid in Myanmar


AA / Washington

More than 3 million people are in need of “life-saving” aid in Myanmar after the army seizes power and the sidelining of civilian government, Martin Griffiths, Humanitarian Chief of the United Nations, said on Monday. United Nations Organization (UN).

Martin Griffiths said that in the wake of the junta’s coup on February 1, Myanmar is grappling with “growing conflict and insecurity, the Covid-19 pandemic and a stalled economy.” He pointed out that without a political resolution to the crisis, the number of people in need of help will continue to grow.

Aid workers have already provided 1,670,000 people with money and food this year, according to figures released by the UN. These aid workers, however, face constraints posed by a “lack of humanitarian access and funds”.

“Access to many needy people across the country remains extremely limited due to bureaucratic delays put in place by the armed forces,” Griffiths said in a statement as the Security Council met on Monday. , behind closed doors on the Myanmar crisis.

“I call on the Myanmar armed forces as well as all other parties to facilitate safe, rapid and unhindered humanitarian access,” he continued.

Griffiths said less than half of a $ 385 million financing plan established after the military junta takeover has been received, and called on the international community to fund aid initiatives.

“The people of Myanmar need our help to ensure that their human rights are respected and that they can live in dignity,” he said.

On February 1, Burmese army officials arrested leaders and officials of the ruling National League for Democracy party, including leader and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and in the stride declared a one-year state of emergency.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently announced that at least 37,000 people, including women and children, have been displaced as a result of the recent escalation of conflict in the northwest of the country.

According to the Observatory of the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, more than 1,240 people were killed and more than 7,100 others arrested, charged or sentenced in connection with the brutal repression by the army of mass demonstrations and rebellions against his power.

* Translated from English by Alex Sinhan Bogmis

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