Save the Children International's chief executive Helle Thorning-Schmidt said:
“Save the Children expresses its deep concern for all civilians and especially children caught up in conflict in Rakhine state, Myanmar, which has escalated rapidly since August 25. We are particularly disturbed by reports of children being killed or injured.
“We urge all parties to the conflict to do everything in their power to put an end to the violence and ensure the protection of all civilians, especially children. We also call for unhindered humanitarian access to northern Rakhine State, where the humanitarian situation will certainly worsen if relief organisations are unable to resume their operations.
“We are concerned about the wellbeing of thousands of people who have fled their homes, often travelling long distances through rain and mud towards the Bangladesh border or into the mountains further away.
“Since August 25 close to 150,000 people have fled to Bangladesh, putting more pressure on already stretched host communities. There is urgent need for more shelter, food, clean drinking water, hygiene and sanitation support, as well as education for displaced children.
“Save the Children already works in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh, providing vital services to displaced Rohingya peoples, including distributing education materials and training teachers, providing water and sanitation support and running child protection services. We are currently stepping up our response.”
In Rakhine State, Myanmar, Save the Children provides assistance to both Rohingya living in camps for internally placed people in Sittwe and in Pauktaw, and for Rakhine communities in Pauktaw. Save the Children does not have access to the areas of northern Rakhine State which are affected by conflict.