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Rohingya Muslims Trapped In Myanmar Finally Receive Food Aid
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11 Oct 2017 01:32 PM EST

Rohingya Muslim villagers have been cut off from food and threatened by Buddhist neighbors in Myanmar’s violence-racked Rakhine state for months. Now, Reuters reports the villagers received their first substantial food supplies in months on Wednesday after international pressure on the government to help. An administrator in the riverside village of Ah Nauk Pyin told Reuters, “A boat arrived yesterday evening with rice bags and six Red Cross staff came to our village this morning." Myanmar has restricted access to Rakhine for most aid agencies, despite growing international calls for humanitarian groups to be allowed in to help. Aid is being organized by three Red Cross organizations - the Myanmar Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The aid to the 600 families of the village included rice, oil, beans, salt, sugar and tinned fish for a month.

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