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Child death toll mounting in Myanmar's Rakhine conflict

Humanitarian groups express concern over the surge in civilian casualties and displacement

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Child death toll mounting in Myanmar's Rakhine conflict

A policeman watches while people wear face masks on a street during the lockdown to stem Covid-19 in Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state, on Aug. 23. (Photo: AFP)

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While Myanmar’s health workers have been struggling with containing the second Covid-19 wave, fighting in Rakhine state has continued to result in civilian casualties including children’s deaths.

Conflict-torn Rakhine is not only a battleground for renewed conflict between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army but also a Covid-19 hotspot after a locally transmitted case was found on Aug. 16, with infections spreading to Yangon and other cities.

The Southeast Asian country had reported 7,827 confirmed coronavirus cases including 133 deaths and 2,085 recoveries as of Sept. 24.

There is no end in sight to the ongoing violence in the poor and divided state despite calls by the UN and Pope Francis for a cessation of the conflict to fight together against the deadly virus.

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