Grave risks to chil­dren in Rakhine State - UNICEF

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Wors­en­ing in­ter-com­mu­nal con­flict in Rakhine State, Myan­mar is tak­ing a ter­ri­ble toll on chil­dren -- espe­cially those liv­ing in the north­ern part of the state, where thou­sands of chil­dren have been cut off from humanitarian as­sis­tance in re­cent weeks, UNICEF said in a state­ment on 8 Novem­ber.

The state­ment con­tin­ues, “These chil­dren al­ready suf­fer from high lev­els of de­pri­va­tion and mal­nu­tri­tion. Their fu­tures de­pend on help from doc­tors, nurses, teach­ers and oth­ers who can pro­vide them with nu­tri­tion, health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices.

While some aid has been de­liv­ered in re­cent days, UNICEF calls for full re­sump­tion of es­sen­tial ser­vices and the ur­gent lift­ing of all re­stric­tions of move­ment of health and other pro­fes­sion­als so they can safely reach chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

As se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in the north­ern part of Rakhine State con­tinue, UNICEF also calls on the Gov­ern­ment to take ur­gent mea­sures to pro­tect chil­dren in Rakhine from all violence and to sup­port prompt, in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions into pos­si­ble grave vi­o­la­tions against chil­dren.”


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