Myanmar: Violence, tension, and food emergency
More than sixty thousand civilians are currently facing a severe food shortage due to the ongoing fighting between the national army and the Arakan Army rebels in the Burmese State of Chin.
In the Paletwa area, 246 villages are in desperate need of rice and food because of the situation created by the war between the Burmese army and the armed separatist group operating between Chin and Rakhine States in northern Myanmar.
The Director of Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (the Diocesan Caritas of Pyay), explained to Fides news agency:
“Last week we organised, also thanks to the help of the government, a large food expedition to Paletwa. We transferred 1,700 bags of rice to the area. However, Caritas is also active in the field of Covid-19 prevention”, he also added, in a country that has seen an exponential growth of the pandemic in the last month with more than 40 thousand cases and more than a thousand dead.
On the eve of the elections scheduled for November, the tension and violence in the Chin and Rakhine States will probably continue to disturb the promises of peace and democracy proposed by the various political forces. The Union Election Commission – UEC has ruled that voting will not take place in nine of the seventeen townships of Rakhine State (the administrative division that corresponds to the electoral districts).