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Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their reaction to reports from the Karen Women's Organisation regarding malnutrition experienced by children in the Ei Thu Ta camp for displaced people in Karen State, Burma, as a result of lack of funding for food rations; and how they will support international humanitarian agencies seeking to alleviate these problems. [HL901]

The Department for International Development (DfID) recognises that child malnutrition among internally displaced people in Burma is a significant concern.

In 2008-09 DfID has contributed £1 million to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), which provides food rations to displaced people in Karen state as well as to Burmese refugees in Thailand. This funding represented a 30 per cent increase over our contribution in 2007-08.

In December 2008 TBBC submitted to DfID, through Christian Aid, a funding proposal covering three years from April 2009 to March 2012. DfID is considering this proposal in consultation with Christian Aid, other donors to TBBC and TBBC itself. The head of DfID's office in Burma discussed funding needs with TBBC's executive director on 19 January.