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Burma: Ethnic Groups

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to (a) provide humanitarian assistance to internally-displaced people and (b) alleviate the humanitarian situation in Karenni state. (200344)

The Department for International Development (DFID) funds humanitarian assistance to people in Karenni state through:

the UN Development Programme's Human Development Initiative to improve the livelihoods of poor families in rural areas;

the Three Diseases Fund which supports the work of CARE, World Vision, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation in fighting HIV, TB and malaria in Karenni State;

the Thailand-Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) which allocates part of its funding to assistance for internally displaced people inside Karenni State; and

local faith based organisations which are able to reach internally displaced people in Karenni state from inside Burma.

DFID funding for TBBC is also used to provide assistance for people from Karenni state who are living as refugees in Thailand.