Tun Khaing – Internally displaced refugees from Rakhine state in western Myanmar are in desperate need of blankets and other warm clothing as the cold winter days have arrived, officials at the relief camp said.
Ko Khaing Myo Aung, who is in charge of Nyaung Chaung Refugee Camp in Kyauktaw Municipality, admitted that the camp did not have enough blankets and warm clothes for the inmates. He stated that immediate support was needed for children and the elderly.
UNHCR used to provide two mosquito nets per household in the camp, but some families with large numbers of members need more mosquito nets. So such networks are needed too, he added.
U Maung Ngan, responsible for the Tint Nyo refugee camp in the Mrauk-U community, said that their refugees are facing difficulties as the donors still need support for blankets, warm clothes and mats.
“This year no donor came with the necessary items. These are therefore urgently needed especially for children and the elderly.
Ko Batkka, a volunteer in Rathedaung Township, said the lack of warm clothing in camps is a serious health problem for the elderly.
“The refugees urgently need blankets so that they cannot sleep comfortably on cold nights. Some sleep over tarpaulins on the floor. We are concerned about their health, ”he added.
Myo Lwin, a social worker in Ann Township, said that their area is the coldest of the Rakhine towns and that they need warm clothes for the refugees.
The Wanlet Regional Development Foundation, a Rakhine-based social group, announced that it would donate blankets and warm clothing to the refugees.
“Our destinations include the Sanyin and Yetchaung refugee camps in the Myebon community. There are few donors for the people in these camps because they are very far away, ”said group leader Khaing Kaung San.
Win Myint, spokesman for the government of Rakhine State, who is also in charge of the community ministry, assured Narinjara News that the government will provide these articles when local administrators announce the shortage of warm clothing in various refugee camps.