UN report: Myanmar could face mass starvation and death

PHOTO: Violence and humanitarian crisis is leading to possible mass death and starvation in Myanmar according to the UN. (via ABC News)

A new United Nations report predicts the imminent threat of mass starvation and death in Myanmar due to the civil unrest after the military coup that has upended the country since February. The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar issued the grave warning as the countries infrastructure collapses in the ongoing chaos of protestors and insurgents clashing with the military junta attempting to control the country.

The fighting between protestors and the junta in cities, along with battles in the countryside between rebel groups and the military has brought the country’s economy to a near standstill. The brutal military pushback in Myanmar caused the death of over 800 people and protests have shuttered businesses with even doctors joining the demonstrations while almost all public hospitals have closed.

As the country slips into chaos, some estimates fear that half the country will slip into poverty. With the police and military killing so many dissidents, locals are forming defence forces, as are the deposed leaders of the National Unity Government. Along the Thai border, violence has erupted in the Kayah state as accusations of military firing at civilians and villages mount.

Villagers are attempting to defend themselves against the brutal military forces by throwing together simple factories to make guns. The fighting continues and attempts at ASEAN to exert pressure on the junta have so far produced little action. An envoy was supposed to visit Myanmar and the ASEAN summit had called for access for humanitarian aid, but the envoy visit and foreign assistance have yet to materialize.

China is the country with the most influence over the Burmese junta and has vowed a hand-off policy, with the foreign minister saying that they support Myanmar determining its own fate, and stating that China is unaffected by the death and turmoil going on with the country.

The United Nations estimate about 100,000 people have become refugees, losing their homes. The displaced people have little access to food and water, let alone medicine. The UN warns that without immediate action, the Burmese people are facing mass death from disease, starvation, and exposure.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. Isn’t that what often happens during a civil war? Besides the fact the generals won’t care, what does the UN plan to do about it other than set up massive refugee camps in neighboring their party countries (read Thailand). Oh that’s right the UN can’t do anything about it because it’s a toothless, brain dead, and impotent organization. If ASEAN is unwilling to step up, no one is going to help stop it. It will just have to play itself out (see Syria).

  2. Bigger picture politics. The UN Islamic propaganda wing for the Bangladesh Occupation of Rakhine is continuing its work. Ask the people why they were forced to fight an invasion force of occupation. This ‘civil uprising’ is nothing but a well organized cover to weaken the Myanmar resolve to keep out the Bangladeshi invaders. Ang Su Kyi was being pressured by the UN bloc and military had to step in. The number of foreign agents provocateurs in Myanmar organizing , providing material, training and logistics prove this. Pity the poor who’ve been tricked into activism against their own interests.

  3. Fully agree with Rose Jeffries, upwards of 1,000 Burmese people kids included, mown down and hardly anything said yet a few people in Thailand die of a disease that in many cases (not all) is self inflicted through over indulgence, diabetes etc and the nation collectively wets itself, while everyone else’s life is put on hold.
    The whole of ASEAN and China is responsible for the situation in Burma, not daring to condem a fellow member. Typical Asian turn a blind eye, face saving s***t. Can you conceive of a situation in Europe if say, Denmark massacred 900 of its citizens and the EU standing by saying nothing? What a sick cruel group of countries, all they care about is money.

  4. @J West – Aljazeera is full of documentaries and debates creating the narrative of “bad Buddhists” inciting hate against the “poor defenseless and peaceful Muslims”
    T seems clear that there is some kind of plan behind the scenes to either split the the Rackhine region away from Burma or to turn it into a living hell of some kind.
    I always suspected that the Burmese military knew about these ind of plans when they launched the assault in 2017 and there was another one back in 2012 when there was another rebellion.
    This region is important to china access the sea and that certainly has something to do with these plans.
    Syria for instance has effectively lost control of its most valuable region where they had oil and agriculture and one of the main reasons, besides their army incompetence, is that the region is inhabited by curds not Arabs.

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