UNOCHA deputy chief visits Maungdaw

UNOCHA deputy chief visits Maungdaw

SAM Staff,

A senior official from UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) currently in Myanmar for a weeklong visit is scheduled to fly to Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine State on Thursday to inspect the area, which is one of the centres of violence last year.

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Ursula Mueller arrived on Tuesday in Myanmar and met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

On Wednesday, she flew to the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe, where she visited refugee camps in Dar Pai and Thet Kae Pyin on its outskirts. She mingled and talked with people living in the camp.

Also on Wednesday, the OCHA deputy chief went to Aung Mingalar ward in Sittwe and Mingan resettlement site, according to an agency press statement.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), along with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has been invited by the Myanmar government to help in the repatriation and resettlement of over 700,000 Muslims from Rakhine who have fled to Bangladesh since the outbreak of violence in August last year.

The purpose of Mueller’s visit, which will conclude on Sunday, is to “observe first-hand the humanitarian impact of the crisis in Rakhine State and the conflict in Kachin and Shan states, and to discuss ways to improve the response through meetings with key stakeholders”.

In addition to visits, Mueller will also have meetings with non-governmental humanitarian organisations working with the UN.

During her meeting with the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Ursula Mueller discussed matters relating to humanitarian assistance, including humanitarian programmes linked to development, capacity building, education, the empowerment of women and ways to enhance cooperation between Myanmar and the United Nations, state-run newspaper reported.