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Ms Mueller reiterated the United Nations' engagement for Myanmar's peaceful, stable and developing world. It provided ongoing UN and international aid to help make sure that all those affected by conflicts and major emergencies receive the necessary human rights and aid. Ms Mueller referred to the UN's endeavours to reinforce the link between human, aid and peace-building activities.
In addition, the Deputy Emergency Aid Coordinator held talks with the Ministers for Defence, Borders, Cooperation and Social Affairs, Assistance and Relocation. Encounters with the Government of the Union provided an occasion to address the human dimension of the challenge in the states of Rakhine, Kachin and Shan and the joint effort of the global fellowship and government in the field of emergency response.
The deputy emergency coordinator of the Rakhine state went to refugee camps, where some 130,000 refugees, most of whom refer to themselves as Rohingya, are being detained under miserable circumstances after almost six years of expulsion. Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator greeted the government's granting of local government support to municipalities in various parts of Rakhine.
However, it was worried about the continuing limitations on the free movements of Muslims and the continuing limitations on the provision of aid to help. During her meetings with Rakhine State Government officers, Ms. Mueller demanded the lifting of freedom of circulation barriers and hands-on actions to allow unimpeded and permanent contact with all those in need of human aid and shelter, in line with the Rakhine State Advisory Commission's récentat.
The Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Relief in Kachin State held meetings with officials from various countries and NGOs and visited refugee centres. It has also been meeting with a group of females working to address the needs of females in internally displaced populations, in particular the prevention of gender-based crime.
Underlining the importance of preventing and educating refugees in the development of strong and secure societies, the wives sent a common message to the Deputy Coordinator for Emergency Relief, addressing the serious misgivings of refugee wives throughout Kachin. Since the beginning of the year, at least 10,000 persons have been forced into or driven out of Kachin and Shan states through hostilities between Myanmar's military and ethnically based military groups, while some 100,000 persons have been internally displaced following the Myanmar Army and Kachin Independence Army dispute, which resumed in 2011.
It has been heartened to see the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund channel more than 40 percent of its funds through nationwide organisations. Myanmar's humanitarian aid programme for 2018, which provides $183 million to cover the needs of 832,000 refugees in the states of Rakhine, Kachin, Shan and Kayin, is in urgent need of more funds.