Doctors Without Borders Partially Back in Burma

The news coming from Burma has not been good for months.  While foreign investment has picked up and a certain liberalization of life inside the country has taken place, terrible xenophobic violence, led by s few Buddhist monks,  has brought the deaths of many, homelessness and fear to tens of thousands.  A few days ago, the President, inexplicably, forced Médecins Sans Frontières out of the country.  Yesterday, the decision was reversed, partially.  They can’t go where they are most needed.

 BURMA is to allow Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to resume work – just days after announcing that the group was to be thrown out the country.

But the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group will not be allowed to resume work in Rakhine, a state plagued by bloody bouts of sectarian violence. MSF has expressed grave concern at the weekend about the fate of tens of thousands of vulnerable people in that state.

The group has been providing care there to both ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a mostly stateless minority who live in apartheid-like conditions and who otherwise have little access to health care.

The Scotsman and The Burma Times

A Rohingya family have a meager meal in a camp for displaced Muslim families near Sittwe in May 2013. (Photo: Jpaing / The Irrawaddy)

A Rohingya family have a meager meal in a camp for displaced Muslim families near Sittwe in May 2013. (Photo: Jpaing / The Irrawaddy)

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