Muslim Community in Myanmar Appreciates RI's Humanitarian Assistance

Yangon, Myanmar: Earlier this week, the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon and the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) had visited Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. During this visit, the Embassy and BNPB facilitated a training of refugee camps installation and monitored the distribution of Indonesian humanitarian assistance to the community in Rakhine State.

Humanitarian assistance from Indonesia has arrived at the warehousing facility of Sittwe Local Government, Rakhine State, and has been distributed directly to the refugees by the Minister for Social Welfare, Emergency Assistance and Settlement, Myanmar, Dr. Win Myat Aye, and Chief Minister of Rakhine State, U Nyi Pu, Tuesday (26/9).

The Indonesian Embassy in Yangon has also channeled Indonesia's humanitarian assistance symbolically to the head of the Muslim community at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Thet Kel Pyin and had a dialogue with Muslim groups there. A similar meeting was also held at a Muslim settlement in Aung Mingalar Village.

From both the dialogue and interaction that has been done, the Muslim community in both locations highly appreciates the help and attention that Indonesia has given to the community in Rakhine State.

U Shwe La, leader of the Muslim community in the Aung Mingalar village, admitted to follow the news about the visit of Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, to Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month. He hopes that Indonesian government can continue to support and take concrete actions for the peace process at Rakhine State. U Shwe La is ready to work with the Government of Myanmar to prevent ongoing conflict.

Meanwhile, the Muslim community in IDPs Sittwe is currently facing obstacles due to the termination of food and medicines assistance which was previously received regularly from UN and other international agencies. In addition, they also hope that the Government of Myanmar can immediately move them to a permanent residence.

In addition to delivering assistance to the refugees and Muslim communities, the Indonesian Embassy and BNPB also conducted a training of refugee tent installation, company tent and portable water tanks at refugee camps at Dinyawady Stadium, Sittwe, which also involving firefighters  of Sittwe.

The Dinyawady Stadium is used to house 210 Family Heads which consist of 600 refugees from Maungtaw and Buthidaung. The training participants were expected to assist the installation of tents at refugees housing facilities in Maungtaw and Buthidaung. To this day, 20 refugee tents, 20 company tents and 30 portable water tanks have been delivered to Maungtaw and Buthidaung. 

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs)