WFP Condemns Looting and Burning of Its Warehouse in Myanmar

June 25th, 2024  •  Author:   World Food Programme  •  1 minute read
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Yangon – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) strongly condemns the looting of food supplies and burning of its warehouse in Maungdaw in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State last Saturday.

WFP is providing emergency food support to conflict-affected populations in Myanmar and has assisted almost one million people so far this year. The seizure of food and other goods and the destruction of humanitarian facilities in Maungdaw undermines these efforts and must be stopped.

WFP calls on all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to ensure that humanitarian facilities and assets are respected and protected, and safe and secure access is provided for the delivery of vital assistance to those in urgent need.

WFP staff have been unable to access the Maungdaw warehouse since late May due to increasing conflict in northern Rakhine. The warehouse was holding 1,175 metric tons of life-saving food and supplies – enough emergency food to sustain 64,000 people for one month. WFP continues to gather details of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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