First UN convoy in nearly a year finally reaches northernmost Myanmar

Published June 14, 2013

| Associated Press

A U.N.-led convoy of trucks in Myanmar has for the first time in nearly a year been allowed to deliver food and household supplies to areas beyond government control in the northernmost part of the country.

The U.N. humanitarian office says a relief convoy of 10 trucks is delivering food, special nutrients for children, household and hygiene kits and water purification tablets to 5,100 of the estimated 100,000 people who have been driven from their homes because of fighting between the government and rebels in Kachin State, which borders China.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, told reporters Friday it is the first time Myanmar has allowed a U.N.-led convoy of supplies to enter Kachin State since July 2012.

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