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February 19, 2019

ICRC President to visit Myanmar next week

ICRC members visit to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of terrorist attacks and natural disasters in Rakhine State.  file Photo: ICRC

An official visit to Myanmar from the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will take place in the coming week, when he will observe the situation of humanitarian aid given in Rakhine State.
The visit by the head of the ICRC was learnt through a statement made by ICRC (Myanmar) Public Relations Officer Corinne Ambler during a press conference at the Orchid Hotel in downtown Yangon yesterday.
She said ICRC President Peter Maurer will visit Rakhine State as part of his official visit to check on Myanmar Red Cross and International Red Cross activities including food administration and healthcare provided by mobile clinics. He will see what other aid is needed and what assistance can be provided for the rainy season, she added.
Maurer will also meet with national leaders in Nay Pyi Taw during his visit and will travel to IDP camps in Cox Bazar in Bangladesh after Myanmar.
ICRC (Myanmar) reports that the Red Cross has provided humanitarian assistance to over 180,000 people across 130 villages since the 25 August 2017 violent attacks in Maungtaw District in Rakhine State.
The ICRC has established permanent offices in Sittway, MraukU, and Maungtaw in Rakhine State, providing humanitarian assistance to victims of violent attacks and natural disasters since 2012.
The ICRC provides unbiased humanitarian assistance to victims of terrorist attacks or other causes, while taking a neutral stance, with 16,000 staff members in over 80 countries around the world.


Min Thit (MNA)


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