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On 13 May, families in impoverished Hlaing Tharyar township, Yangon, receiving food rations from WFP. (Photo: WFP/Photo library)

Myanmar: Press Briefing on Hum (12 May 2021)

On Myanmar, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, on the ground, they are concerned by the impact of the continued clashes in the north and north‑eastern parts of the country between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed organizations, as well as amongst ethnic armed organizations themselves. In Kachin State, for example, some 10,000 people have fled their homes due to renewed fighting. In northern Shan, more than 12,000 men, women and children have been displaced since the start of the year. More than half of those families remain displaced. And our colleagues in Myanmar also tell us they are also concerned by the situation in the south-eastern parts of Myanmar, where more than 40,000 people have been uprooted since February due to attacks by the military and the Kayin National Liberation Army, including air strikes, artillery and mortar shelling. Several thousand people crossed the border to Thailand and India to escape the violence. The UN and our partners are working to help some 1 million people in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar. Their efforts are hampered by insecurity, as well as [lack] of access and funding.

And yesterday afternoon, we released a statement on Myanmar, saying that 100 days since the Myanmar military takeover has left hundreds of civilians killed, including numerous arbitrary arrests and other human rights violations, the Secretary-General renews his call on the country's military to respect the will of the people and act in the greater interest of peace and stability in the country.  The Secretary-General also encourages the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to swiftly follow through on its own commitments, and the international community to support regional efforts, to bring an end to the repression by the military.  He also calls on the international community to respond to the increased humanitarian needs.  The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, is in the region and continues to engage intensively with key stakeholders, including in light of the broader ramifications of the crisis.  She continues to promote coherent international action.  The Secretary‑General, for his part, will continue to stand with the people of Myanmar. (source: Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General)