Humanitarian assistance leaves for Hpakant, Kachin State
“Humanitarian assistance must flow un-interrupted as long as people are in need” – Ashok Nigam
Yangon, 17 February 2012 – UN and INGO humanitarian staff left this morning for Hpakant in Kachin State, to assess the situation in the 41 camps hosting some 5,000 people displaced by the conflict in the area, and deliver much needed life-saving assistance. They took with them food, including rice, pulses, oil, salt, wheat-soy blend and well as family kits including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, blankets, mosquito nets, basic medical supplies and water purification materials.
“We welcome the recent acceptance, by both the Government of Myanmar and Kachin Independence Organization for humanitarian assistance from the United Nations and its humanitarian partners. We are pleased that assistance to Hpakant went this morning. Humanitarian assistance must flow uninterrupted as long as people are in need,” said the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ashok Nigam.
It is estimated that over 80,000 people had been displaced across Kachin and northern Shan states since the beginning of the conflict in June 2011 and thousands have been affected in one way or the other.
Humanitarian partners continue, since the beginning of the conflict, to provide assistance to displaced persons in Government controlled areas. Taking into consideration the serious logistical and security constraints, assistance to non-government controlled areas in Kachin State is expected to follow shortly.
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are committed to delivering assistance to all those affected in full respect of the humanitarian principles of independence, humanity, impartiality and neutrality.