United Nations condemns lack of humanitarian access to Rohingya muslims in Myanmar

United Nations condemns lack of humanitarian access to Rohingya muslims in Myanmar

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said it was 'unacceptable' humanitarian workers were having difficulty getting to Myanmar's Rakhine State

Friday, October 6, 2017

The United Nations has condemned current difficulties in providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya muslims. 

Since the end of August, more than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladash amid an ongoing military crackdown against them, according to figures from the United Nations. 

Speaking at a press conference near the UN office in Geneva, humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said the lack of access in Myanmar was "unacceptable."

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs called for unimpeded access, and said a UN team should be able to get on the ground in Rakhine in the next few days. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a potential cholera outbreak among the Rohingya, saying the arrival of vaccines in the affected areas had been delayed.