Yangon, 22 October 2020 – UNICEF Myanmar expresses deep sorrow over the death of a boy who was killed by an explosive device, launched by an unidentified armed element, on Monday 19 October in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State. UNICEF is deeply concerned about the alarming increase in reports of killings and injuries of children as a result of intensified fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State.
The safety and rights of children must be the primary consideration in all contexts. UNICEF strongly urges all parties to conflict to take all necessary measures to protect children and keep them out of harm’s way, including by protecting civilian facilities from the impact of conflict.
As Myanmar continues to work to tackle COVID-19, UNICEF urges all parties to conflict to exercise maximum restraint and to intensify efforts to ensure that children affected by the pandemic and the protracted conflict continue to have access to humanitarian assistance and services.
Our thoughts go to the families of the victims and to all children who remain in harm’s way.