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EU commits EUR nine mln in humanitarian aid for Myanmar

02/09/2019 LOC20:2817:28 GMT

BRUSSELS, The European Commission Monday announced a new humanitarian aid package worth nine million euro (USD 9.8 million) to address the needs of families affected by violence in Myanmar, particularly those living in the Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states.

“The situation in Myanmar goes beyond the plight of the Rohingya refugees. We cannot forget the victims in Myanmar who have been displaced from their homes due to the on-going violence in the country. The protection of civilians continues to be a top priority for the EU,” said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Christos Stylianides.

EU aid will improve living conditions in camps, by repairing shelter and water and hygiene infrastructures. Furthermore, projects will have a specific focus on prevention and response to gender-based violence and respect for international humanitarian law, he noted.

Source: Kuwait News Agency