One in ten Burmese going to bed hungry, claims UNNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:31 am ICT by admin
The paper quoted Paul Risley, an official with the World Food Programme, who has just returned from the country, as saying that many people are struggling to survive on meagre meals.
“We can presently only provide food to about 500,000 vulnerable persons - far less than is needed. There are points of real poverty and food insecurity in parts of Burma’s urban areas. This has happened before, but it is becoming a larger problem, Risley said.
A WFP team including Risley and Tony Banbury, its regional director for Asia, spent five days in Burma and visited the southern Shan state at the heart of the Golden Triangle - once one of the world’s most important areas of illegal opium cultivation. There, they found desperate poverty among the former opium farmers.
The officials also visited the western state of Rakhine, formerly Arakan, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingas - the predominantly Muslim people expelled from Bangladesh years ago, and said they desperately required food.
The UN estimates that one third of children under five are underweight and 10 per cent are classified as acutely malnourished or “wasted”. Child mortality rates of 106 per 1,000 are among the worst in Asia. (ANI)
- Pakistani Taliban threatens Myanmar over Muslim attacks - Jul 26, 2012
- Opium cultivation on the rise in Golden Triangle - Dec 14, 2009
- These Burmese women in Delhi step in as changemakers (June 20 is World Refugee Day) - Jun 19, 2011
- Hundreds of Myanmar nationals seek refugee status (With Images) - Apr 21, 2012
- Do more to combat hunger, say NGOs (Oct 16 is World Food Day) - Oct 15, 2010
- Unicef seeks help for 1.25 mn Somalian kids - Jul 29, 2011
- Bihar's food security situation alarming, says expert - Jun 16, 2011
- Myanmar refugees do not want to quit India - Jun 10, 2012
- WFP head hails India''s innovative anti-hunger solutions - Dec 16, 2008
- Commonwealth is home to 64 percent malnourished kids - Oct 13, 2010
- China's influence declining, India can do a lot: Myanmarese writer - Jan 22, 2012
- Inter-school painting contest winners get UN awards - Dec 18, 2010
- Entitlements will not be linked to poverty line: Planning Commission - Mar 20, 2012
- UN declares famine in two southern regions of Somalia - Jul 20, 2011
- Afghan opium production up by 61 percent - Oct 11, 2011
Tags: arakan, asia, banbury, burma, burmese, child mortality rates, desperate poverty, food insecurity, golden triangle, just returned from, opium cultivation, regional director, rice bowl, risley, southern shan state, steep increase, underweight, vulnerable persons, wfp, world food programme