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Excess relief goods sold at stalls in Rakhine: sources

Relief items for Bengali camps are being sold at roadside shops in Darpaing (Bengali) Village in Sittway Township.—mna

Relief items for Bengali camps are being sold at roadside shops in Darpaing (Bengali) Village in Sittway Township.—mna
Relief items for Bengali camps are being sold at roadside shops in Darpaing (Bengali) Village in Sittway Township.—mna

Sittway, 16 July — Excess relief supplies provided to refugee camps in Rakhine State are being sold at roadside stalls, sources have reported.
International organizations, UN agencies and the Rakhine State Government have been supplying Bengali refugee camps in Sittway Township with food, kitchenware, clothes, plastic sheets and items for women and children on a monthly basis.
The sources disputed reports of goods shortages by the media and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, saying relief supplies were abundant in the camps.
Such relief items were being sold at roadside shops in the Bengali village of Darpaing, with many people flocking to buy the goods, which were selling at lower prices than in shops, they said.
Due to difficulty counting the refugees in Sittway Township, international organizations have been providing assistance based on numbers submitted by camp committees, leading to the oversupply of relief goods, the sources said. MNA

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