Mizzima reports on Burma Campaign UK’s call to the UK government to spend more on humanitarian aid to refugees and internally displaced people.
The proportion of British aid spent on humanitarian aid, which helps refugees and internally displaced people, has fallen, and now makes up just 17 percent of the budget. The UK government claims it is giving more aid to ethnic areas, but it is money for economic development, not extra humanitarian assistance to people living in the camps.
“Economic development is important, but people who have lost everything and have no way to earn a living should not be left in squalid camps without proper shelter, healthcare, food and education for their children,” said Anna Roberts, Executive Director of Burma Campaign UK. “They must be prioritised when decisions on aid spending are made.”