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US Aid Chief Warns Help to Burma Dependent on Further Reform

3 March 2014

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has said that continued US humanitarian aid to Burma, totaling some US$186 million to date, was dependent on whether the country “remains fully committed to implementing reforms and pursuing the democratic transition.” Shah said that would need to include efforts by Burma’s government to allow more access for humanitarian aid groups in strife-plagued places like Arakan State. Since outbreaks of communal violence in that state in 2012, efforts to deliver aid supplies to displaced populations have been hindered, with Rohingya Muslims bearing a disproportionate share of the hardship.