Let’s extend our helping hands without any discrimination

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During one’s lifetime, there occur good as well as bad happenings. Depending on one’s fortune or misfortune, some people undergo a number of sufferings, called ‘dukkha’, commonly translated as trials, pains, discontentment, stress, or the like, while others come across with an abundance of blessings, called ‘thukha’, translated as happiness, pleasure or bliss. The amount of suffering and happiness vary from one person to another and based on other factors, they can aggravate or ameliorate one’s situation.
According to Buddhism, there are eight unfavourable conditions to attain the teachings of the Buddha, and five enemies of mankind, which includes water, fire and thief. People in Myanmar are going through one or more of these sufferings, depending on where they are located. According to Lord Buddha, these sufferings relate to their fortune or misfortune. Whatever it may be, those undergoing sufferings are also worthy to receive humanitarian aid and assistance without any discrimination.
Humanitarian aid is provided to people in need of basic necessities for their survival. People from different communities in Myanmar are going through pain and suffering in the aftermath of conflicts in Maungtaw, Rakhine State, while some others are in dire necessity for basic requirements due to internal armed conflicts in their ethnic regions, compounded with frequent natural disasters nationwide.
A matter of special importance when extending our helping hands to those victims of natural and man-made disasters is the availability of funds and an adequate amount of supplies. While Myanmar is trying its best to continue providing aid to those in need from its own resources, the country is also collaborating with international agencies and donors which wish to give a hand in its extensive rehabilitation plan for the victims.
At present, the UNDP and the UEHRD are cooperating with the Myanmar government’s endeavours in the Rakhine State. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian institution which has a long-lasting relationship with Myanmar. In the aftermath of the incidents in Rakhine State, ICRC’s humanitarian assistance for the people in the state has been highly effective.
The ICRC has made it its resolve to increase cooperation with the government for those suffering not only in Rakhine State but also in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin and Shan states. ICRC has been well-known to be the first among other similar organizations to supply aid to victims in conflict-affected areas. It is not only an institution that provides first-aid support in emergency cases, but it’s also an organization that provides basic healthcare, water and sanitation needs as well as social support to people in need, regardless of race and religion.
Extending our helping hands to those in need, regardless of race and religion reflects a genuine humanitarian spirit. We encourage other international organisations that have been requested to offer aid to follow the footsteps of the ICRC in its fairness and effectiveness in helping those suffering without any discrimination.

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