The Burmese government and military are “weaponising” aid access in Kachin State, which could amount to war crimes, according to a new report released by Fortify Rights.
The case involves a an Arakanese woman who was publicly humiliated by a mob for allegedly supplying food rations to Rohingya refugees.
According to activist Nilar Thein, a truck carrying 100 sacks of rice was prevented from entering a camp in Sadone Township, Kachin State.
“We would like to have access to all the people in need in order to do proper assessments, to help ease according to needs,” Peter Maurer said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has sent off a ship carrying tonnes of food and emergency supplies to Burma’s Rohingya Muslims.
Relief workers say that these internally displaced persons are urgently in need of blankets and warm clothing as the cold season sets in.