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November 21/2021

INGO humanitarian aids provided to some of the poor Rohingya villagers of Paunzar village track in north of Maungdaw, Rakhine State were embezzled by the village administrator without distributing to all of the enlisted, according to victims.

On November 3, 2021, some staff from the NRC, an International Non-governmental Organiz- ation (INGO), arrived in Ashikhafara (Paunzar) and handed a huge amount of money to the village administrator.

The locals added that the administrator was asked to distribute 162, 000 Kyat to each of 216 Rohingya households facing food and shelter shortages.

However, the administrator with his four members distributed the aid to 178 families enlisted for humanitarian purposes as instructed by the NRC. And they pocketed the shares of the remaining 38 families without distributing at all, one of the victims said.

Those who were not deliberately allotted NRC humanitarian aids are day-labourers. Moreover, they are extremely poor and often starving due to unavailability of work of the rich, the victim continued.

The locals, hence, have appealed the authorities concerned to take immediate action against the village administrator and his members who embezzled the funds received for the poor villagers.

Reported By: β€ŒMaung Wunna

Edited By: Md. Shuaib