Aug 27, 2008

Chin: WFP Assists Victims in Chin State

Active ImageThe World Food Programme (WFP) helps victims of food crisis.


Below is an article published by Democratic Voice of Burma:

WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to the mass flowering of bamboo and rodent infestations.

“We have been working in Htantalan township and UNDP [United Nations Development Programme] is working in Palatwa township,” said Kaye, referring to two townships in Chin state.
“There is actually a limited capacity; it has been very difficult to get additional resources because of the impact of Cyclone Nargis and the attention that has been given to the millions of people in the delta.”

However, Kaye said the operation in Chin state should not impact on the level of assistance the WFP could continue to provide in the Irrawaddy delta.
“We have two broad programmes in Myanmar – one is for the Nargis-affected area, it is an emergency operation,” he said.

“We have one other programme, which is for a variety of different locations, which is a protracted relief and recovery operation which includes Chin state as well as locations in Shan [and] Kachin [states].”

Kaye said the Burmese government had approved the operation which covered Chin state, despite the lack of reporting on the crisis in state media.