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news - UN to Resume Work In Northeastern Burma

september 17th, 2009

"A United Nations relief agency is to resume work in the Kokang region of northeastern Burma after fierce fighting last month caused dozens of aid workers to flee.

All non-local staff of the World Food Programme (WFP) were withdrawn from Kokang in Shan state following fighting between Burmese troops and an armed Kokang ceasefire group.

'We cannot fully run our operation with the number of our local staff there, but we are aiming to go fully operational again next week,' said WFP official Swe Swe Win told DVB yesterday.

The WFP have been distributing aid in Kokang since 2003 in collaboration with partner organisations such as World Vision and the Asia Medical Doctor Association.

Around 20 staff from WFP and partner organisations had been temporarily blocked by Burmese troops from leaving Laogai.

Roads had been shut and the aid workers were being kept in a UN compound in the town. WFP staff had been distributing food and helping Laogai locals in a poppy substitution programme."

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