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Nippon Foundation to give $3 million in aid to ethnic areas

 
Sangkhlaburi (Mizzima) – The Nippon Foundation will give rice and medicine worth US$ 3 million as the first batch of humanitarian aid to war refugees in ethnic areas in Burma.

Nippon Foundation Chairman Yōhei Sasakawa, right, and UNFC leader Khun Okkar, left, at the “Conference on Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar Ethnic Groups.” Photo: NMSP
Nippon Foundation Chairman Yōhei Sasakawa, right, and UNFC leader Khun Okkar, left, at the “Conference on Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar Ethnic Groups.” Photo: NMSP
United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) leader Khun Okkar, who recently returned from a conference in Japan, said that in addition to the current aid, the foundation is likely to give additional aid.
 
The Nippon Foundation will give rice and medicines worth US$ 3 million to all ethnic regions as the first batch of aid, Khun Okkar told Mizzima.
 
The Nippon Foundation organized a “Conference on Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar Ethnic Groups” in Japan on Oct. 18. Twenty-two delegates from ethnic organizations attended the conference to discuss the needs of their regions.
 
According to an agreement, the aid will be given through domestic organizations as soon as possible. 
 
Plans reportedly call for aid to be distributed to 4,417 displaced persons from 17 villages located north of Shataw in Karenni State between October and December.
 
Up to 400 bags of rice per month will also be supplied to to each of the Karen National Union’s brigades (Nos. 1 to 7] and the KNU headquarters. Moreover, the Klohtoobaw Karen Organization (KKO) and Karen National Liberation Army Peace Council led by General Htaing Maung will be given 400 bags of rice per month; the New Mon State Party will be given 1,000 bags per month via Mawlamyaing.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:51 )  

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