Burma Times Desk Report: July 28, 2015
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed it will cut off rations to IDPs. The organisation confirmed this in an email sent to The Diplomat.
The email said, pending a “final agreement with the Government of Myanmar, starting from August 2015, reduction of food rations will take place for all IDPs] in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States.”
For the past few days, authorities in the IDP camps of Arakan state have been gleefully telling the Rohingyas their rations will be cut off. Now the WFP statement confirms their worst fears.
According to many Rohingyas, they have received less rations than before in June and July. If the WFP actually cuts down food rations, they will be devastated.
Rohingyas are forbidden to leave the IDP camps. As there is no livelihood option inside the camps, there is no income for the displaced Rohingyas. As a result rations are the only means of survival for most displaced people.
Living conditions inside the IDP camps are among the worst in the world, according to aid groups.
WFP however cites the reason for the cuts s being “predominantly motivated by the changing humanitarian situation as a result of improved household food security situation among IDPs.”
Our sources on the ground contradicts this statement saying food security has not improved at all as Rohingyas continue to be barred from moving outside the IDP camps in search for work.
An internal government document obtained by The Diplomat also refutes the claim of the WFP saying the only reason for rations cut is the shortage of funding.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division told The Diplomat “waving an international agency magic wand and unilaterally pronouncing the Rohingya humanitarian situation as better just as budget cuts sink in is simply too convenient and flies in the face of continuous reports about the worsening plight of displaced Rohingya.”