Refugees need aid: charities

Writer: 
Zarli Myint Oo

Some refugee camps in Kachin and northern Shan states are out of food, according the Phyu Yang Twe Let Myar, which means “white hands with a sincere spirit”. The NGO held a press conference at the Royal Rose Restaurant, Yangon, to warn about the humanitarian crisis.

The team visited refugee camps in Man Wing Gyi Township, Kachin State, in December to provide assistance for war refugees.

When we arrived at the refugee camps before Christmas, we asked them what they needed. All the refugees replied that they wanted rice. In the past, the World Food Programme provided assistance to them. However, some refugee camps hadn't received any rice in eight months. Some camp have more than 4,000 refugees. They need about 20 rice bags a day,” said Moe Kyaw Thu, a leading member of the NGO.

He said fighting prevented aid from reaching those in need and landmines stopped people from returning to their own land. 

The charity called on the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement to help with the distribution of aid.