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AA appeals for aid to feed 500000 IDPs in their controlled area

Narinjara News, 26 May 2024

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in areas under the control of Arakha Army (AA) has now exceeded 500,000 and there is an urgent need for sanitary items for the women and children. Rice, oil, salt, medicines and other materials become necessary, said a statement issued by the AA.


The United League of Arakan/Arakha Army (ULA/AA) has been fighting for national liberation hand-in-hand with the people of Rakhine. In this struggle, the civilians near battlefields have sought refuge in the AA controlled areas to avoid getting caught in the crossfire and finally ensure their safety.


The AA statement also stated that the ULA/AA was making every effort to safeguard the  IDPs regardless of their races or religions.

Currently, the number of IDPs seeking shelter in AA-controlled areas has increased to 500,000, out of them around 200,000 take shelter in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships. Nearly 80% of them are Muslims. The rest comprises Arakanese and other minority groups, added the statement.


As the rainy season approaches, the IDPs will need additional items like sanitary supplies for the women and children, besides regular commodities including rice, oil, salt, medicines, etc.

 The international organizations, charity groups, NGOs and well-wishers are being appealed to support the refugees.


Amidst the chaos observed in politics as well as military, religion, terrorism, etc, many individuals and organizations are portraying the situation according to their interests even dismantling the truth. The AA statement assured that they will serve the people based on principles and obligations.

The AA urged international organizations and media outlets to conduct a fact-checking practice to understand the ground reality and avoid making one-sided allegations based on misinformation and disinformation.

The statement emphasizes cooperation with the ULA/AA, as they are actively serving and safeguarding the people.  The only way to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups and help build an equal society, the ULA/AA should be strengthened through more collaboration.


As many junta soldiers stationed at tactical operation command, division, and battalion headquarters in the Rakhine region have abandoned their posts and they are still running with weapons, the AA urged them to stay vigilant. Considering the junta's frequent use of indiscriminate artillery and airstrikes on populated areas and IDP camps, it also advised for  extra caution and staying informed about various safety measures.

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