The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

UN official calls for help for Myanmar's displaced


YANGON (AP) - The head of humanitarian affairs for the United Nations says conditions at refugee camps in western Myanmar housing victims of recent communal violence are among the worst she has seen in the world, and is pleading for international aid.

Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos issued a statement on Saturday after a four-day visit to western Rakhine state to assess the living conditions of thousands displaced by deadly violence between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya.

"We have to improve the situation," Ms Amos said in the statement. "People are living in overcrowded conditions with appalling sanitation and limited access to water, and an increasing risk of disease outbreaks."

Ms Amos visited eight different refugee camps, with varying living conditions, but she described one camp in Myebon as particularly shocking.