Highlights from DVB Debate’s Aid in Arakan show

DVBD_Cartoon_AidArakanStateMain quotes 23/08/2014 ‘Does foreign aid help or hinder Burma?’: (for Burmese, click this link)

“When I’ve leant about INGOs and NGOs, I have found there have been some violations. They are
doing things that are different from their MOU, and their activities are not transparent. That’s why
some are being kicked out.”
Daw Nyo Aye – Rakhine Women Network, State President
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“The local people don’t receive good health care. The facilities in the clinics are not good.
These people are poor in everything, like in education, health and their livelihoods. So, please help
those needy people who really need help. I am not saying, please favour one particular
community.”
U Kyaw Min – President, Democracy and Human Rights Party
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“Most needy people are not properly educated. The community leaders can manipulate them as
they wish and they can incite them. And the most serious problem is language barrier. and
miscommunication”
Father Kyaw Nyunt – Member, Rakhine Investigation Commission
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“These problems have arisen due to the culture clash. This has happened because of the
dishonesty of the local authorities. We have to punish people or organisations who violate the
principles of honesty. We need good strategy that brings trust and honesty back to the
communities.”
Han Zar Maung – Executive Director, Better Life NGO
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“What the locals really need is to get sustainable livelihoods and jobs. They are willing to work,
and don’t just want to wait around for aid. So, whenever aid agencies go to help the needy
people, they should first learn what the local people actually need exactly. And they need to make
sure to give them the help that is really needed by the community.”
Pansy Tun Thein – Executive Director, Local Resource Centre
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“In addition to the need for development aid [in Rakhine state] there are also people who are
suffering a very particular problem. These people have not been granted citizenship of this
country, Bangladesh or any other country. This is a very serious problem and we must make sure
that there is a political solution to this problem, but we must also make sure that all those people
also have access to decent health care, education and other services.”
Mark Cutts – Head of Office, UNOCHA Myanmar



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