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Myanmar: Responding impartially to violence

29-05-2013 Feature

The ICRC has stepped up its work in Myanmar after outbreaks of inter-communal violence hit the country hard. Ensuring thousands of people displaced by violence can safely receive medical treatment is vitally important, our head of operations for Asia, Alain Aeschlimann, explained during a visit to London.

He noted the continuing tension and fear between communities and outlined the importance of ensuring we offer assistance based solely on need, favouring no particular group. As well as communal violence, long-running conflicts remaining unresolved, particularly in north-eastern Kachin state, where a resumption of fighting has forced thousands of people from their homes.