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Doctors Without Borders Suspends Activities in Myanmar Trouble Spot

June 18, 2012

Reacting to a wave of deadly religious violence, Doctors Without Borders said on June 12 it has suspended its work in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. "Suspension of activities means the disruption of life-saving primary health care, including the provision of urgent antiretroviral treatment to HIV-positive patients," DWB said in a statement. DWB is one of the few international aid groups working in Rakhine; since 1992, it has been treating diseases there, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. "[DWB] is concerned about the safety of all its patients and staff," the statement said, and hopes to resume work soon to avoid the unnecessary loss of life. Recent clashes between Muslims and Buddhists have left some 25 people dead.

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Comment by: SpaunkN (Singapore) Mon., Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:45 am EST
DWB said suspension of activities including life-saving primary health care and the provision of urgent antiretroviral treatment to HIV-positive patients due to "deadly religious violence". How shallow your knowledge and attitude are. Here what I want to point out is that the whole incident does not concern with either Musilin or Buddhist. It started with raping a local girl and killing her by three migrant Rohingyas. Then, local Rachine group took revenge on the Rohingyas. Then again, Rohingyas attacked back at the Rachines. They started this vicious circle by taking revenge on each other. This is entirely social conflict, and not concerned with both religions. Yet, you said "deadly religion conflict". How narrow minded you are until you can't analyze the situation clearly with your open heart and eyes.

I am a healthcare personnel too. Let me highlight about our pledge. We, healthcare personnel, have the responsibility to care, to treat, and to nurse our patients in needs regardless of race, religion and belief. Why Nightingale went to battle field to nurse the soliders? It is because of her kindness towards those who get wounded. Really shame on you if you want to be in the medical field without a kind heart, but just with prejudice.
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