New York Apart from nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled across the Myanmar border, a further 400,000 are living in dire situations at home, without access to healthcare or education, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller said on Tuesday.
There is a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border that is affecting the world's largest group of stateless people, Ms. Mueller, who is the assistant secretary general for humanitarian affairs, told reporters in New York, following her recent visit to Myanmar.
The unfolding tragedy in the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar [Bangladesh] rightly captured the world's attention, but we cannot, and must not, forget the plight of over 400,000 Muslim people still living in Rakhine state who continue to face a life of hardship and marginalization due to movement restrictions, she said, adding that these restrictions severely compromise their rights and obstruct their access to health, livelihoods, protection, education, and other essential services.
Prior to the press conference, Ms. Mueller spoke to UN News about what she had seen inside Myanmar and about a meeting with some top officials, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
We discussed the importance of ending the violence, of stability and peace and reconciliation. I offered the support of the United Nations to address the humanitarian needs and the protection needs that are across the whole country, and advocated for access for humanitarian actors, Ms. Mueller said of the meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi.
Source: International Islamic News Agency