US OFFERED US$151 MLN IN HUMANTARIAN AID TO RAKHINE SINCE EARLY 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia� The United States has provided nearly US$151 million (RM634.2 million) in humanitarian aid for displaced people in and from the Rakhine State, Myanmar since early this year.

US Embassy in Malaysia in a media statement yesterday said the US was also engaging with the Myanmar government to address the crisis and long term challenges in the Rakhine State.

This include to demand the end to violence and mass atrocities and resolve the human rights and humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State, to ensure safe, voluntary and dignified return of displaced persons.

“The US supports a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Myanmar that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State, the statement said.

It added that the US was also working to hold accountable those responsible for mass atrocities and human rights violations and abuse and advocating for the Myanmar government to implement the recommendation made by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

The statement also said that the US had helped to train over 225,000 smallholder farmers in modern farming techniques in 2017, distributed bed nets last year to protect one million people in the country with the aim to eliminate malaria.

In supporting the national peace process, the statement said the US had provided over US$60 million (RM244 million) since 2012 to deepen and sustain reform, and to foster legitimate and inclusive peace building nationally and US$1 million (RM4.2 million) to implement a peace education curriculum in secular and faith-based schools as well as to conduct research on religious and ethnic issues in the political dialogue.

The US is also working with civil societies, ethnic armed groups and political parties to build a culture of dialogue and move towards an inclusive, sustainable end to armed conflict.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK