IRC is forced to stop its operation in Rakhine state

On Monday, the global humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) has ended its food program (Tat Lan program) in Northern Rakhine State. The IRC said due to ongoing fight between Tatmadaw and Arakan Army (AA) as well for staff movement restriction by Myanmar government they have to wrap up Tat Lan program which ran for more than five years and had provided livelihood and food security to more than 56,000 people. The following program has improved nutrition and livelihoods to villages in Rakhine’s Myebon, Pauktaw, Kyaukphyu, and Minbya townships.

According to Rakhine minister of municipal affairs Win Myint, IRC staffers were denied travel permission because they were recruiting journalists. He said, “They were recruiting the journalists now, (and) we didn’t know what their intention was. This was something inappropriate. These activities were not include in a memorandum of understanding. That’s why, we stopped the operations.” according to RFA reporting.

The Rohingyas will now is darker days, as humanitarian assistance was only the last hope for their survivals in many villages in NRS.