State Counsellor presents cash assistance to displaced persons

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stresses need to provide health care services to temporally displaced persons. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended a ceremony at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday to present cash assistance from the Ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office to persons temporarily displaced due to security reasons in Kachin State.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the assistance was intended for people who had to temporarily move to camps due to security reasons before pointing out that it was necessary to provide healthcare services for the temporally displaced persons (TDPs) while an emphasis was placed upon day-to-day food supply and education of children at the camps.
She expressed her desire to contribute to the education of the children as well as occupational training for adults.
The State Counsellor said she wanted to send all camp dwellers back to their homes, as life at the camp is not meant to be permanent, before urging the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement to make decisions to help them independently.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also expressed her desire to help provide displaced women with occupational training for skills they could use at home so that they would not feel as if their time in displaced camps was spent in vain.
The State Counsellor went on to say that she hoped the people of her country would no longer have to live in such camps. To that end, she said, she has been endeavouring for peace, the success of which would eliminate the need for such camps nationwide. She vowed to help people who had to live in such places because peace had not been achieved, before expressing her intention that the cash assistance should be spent with the spirit of national reconciliation.
She recognized that there were many different ethnic groups at such camps, and said she would share with them as a fellow Myanmar citizen, in lean times as well as in times of prosperity.
“It would not be easy for the promotion of the national spirit, which would unite the country, if ethnic national people embraced the concept that only Bamar would benefit at the union,” she added before saying that Bamar people would like to live alongside other national races through thick and thin.
Later, the State Counsellor presented Ks 300 million in cash assistance to Dr Win Myat Aye, the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, who in turn presented a certificate of honour to the State Counsellor, and spoke words of thanks.
U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the State Counsellor Office, Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Han and officials also presented at the ceremony.— Myanmar News Agency

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