Statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ai, June Kunugi on the situation in northern Shan State

  • On 31 August, five civilians were killed by mortar fire that landed in their village in Kutkai Township. Three of the dead were children.

Yangon - I am gravely concerned by the recent sharp escalation of conflict in northern Shan State, where, since mid-August, a reported 17 civilians have been killed and 27 more injured, many of them women and children.  Road travel in the area is now unsafe and infrastructure has been damaged, and many people remain trapped in their villages, afraid to leave as the conflict intensifies around them.

On 31 August, five civilians were killed by mortar fire that landed in their village in Kutkai Township. Three of the dead were children. The armed conflict continues to exact a heavy toll, and I express my sincere condolences to families that have lost loved ones in this incident.

I urge all parties to the conflict to exercise maximum restraint to protect the civilian population from further harm and distress. Civilians must be protected and parties to the conflict must allow humanitarian organizations to access populations in need with food, water and other essential supplies and services.

This violence takes place amid a fragile, repeatedly-violated ceasefire. In welcoming the latest extension to the unilateral ceasefire by the Myanmar Military until 21 September, the United Nations hopes that this will effectively bring a halt to fighting. The United Nations encourages all parties to re-double their efforts to advance the Peace Process and offers its full support to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

ENDS

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Aye Win
UNIC
National Information Officer
Aye Win is the National Information Officer at UN Information Centre Yangon and the RCO. He obtained a Masters degree in Linguistics and English as a Foreign Language from the Institute of Education in Yangon. He worked for three years at the Industrial Training Centre at Sinde, Myanmar and joined the German Embassy as a Public Information Assistant where he worked for ten years. He joined the UN Information Centre in 1995.
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June Kunugi
UNICEF
Representative
June Kunugi has worked in UNICEF for over 28 years, including as the UNICEF Representative in Myanmar since September 2017. She has headed UNICEF country and area offices covering child rights-based development programs, humanitarian response, advocacy, partnerships, and operations in the State of Palestine; Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. She has served three times in UNICEF’s New York Headquarters—in the Division of Public Affairs; in the Office of the Executive Director; and as Deputy Director and then acting Director of UNICEF’s Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office. She has also been Director of UNICEF’s Tokyo office, overseeing public sector partnerships and resource mobilization in Japan and the Republic of Korea. She started her career in UNICEF working in Communications, including in Viet Nam as a Junior Professional Officer sponsored by the Government of Japan, and later in Bangladesh, first as Communications officer, then as chief of the section. Her academic background is in communication and social studies with a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in the United States.
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ILO
International Labor Organization
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