Indonesia to donate humanitarian aid to Burma

January 11, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The government will donate an estimated 10 billion rupiah ($1m) in humanitarian aid to Burma's Rakhine state, following Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa's visit to the troubled area earlier this week, local media reported.

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    Republika reported that Natalegawa used a helicopter Monday and Tuesday to visit both Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine refugee camps, including some remote ones.

    According to The Straits Times, he said upon his return that Indonesia is looking to help build shelters, schools and community centres and improve economic opportunities in Rakhine, which has been wracked by waves of sectarian violence.

    "It is very important for us to offer a sense of hope to people, so that there are opportunities for employment and further reconciliation," he told reporters Wednesday.

    MetroTV News reported that the Rohingya do not have citizenship because they are not acknowledged by the Burmese government. As a result, they are unable to access education, health and employment opportunities.

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