The Royal Thai Government has donated $200,000 for the Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for safety in Bangladesh.
Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Panpimon Suwannapongse announced this donation during the fund sharing event last week in Dhaka.
The donation will support the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in providing life-saving assistance and protection to the most vulnerable refugees and the host community of Cox’s Bazar, said a press release.
The donation will be split between IOM and WFP, with each agency receiving $100,000 respectively.
IOM’s operations are primarily focused shelter and non-food items (NFIs) for individuals that includes- water, sanitation, hygiene, health, coordination and protection. “The generous support from the Thai Government will substantially contribute in responding to the needs of the vulnerable Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar,” Sarat Dash, chief of mission, IOM Bangladesh.
WFP has been providing life-saving food assistance, specialized nutritious foods to children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers in refugee camps. “WFP highly appreciates Thailand’s contribution for this most in-need population,” said Christa Räder, representative and country director, WFP Bangladesh.
As 2018 approaches, the international response aims to assist 1.2 million vulnerable people in Cox’s Bazar, including refugees and host community members. Thailand has joined the dozens of states who have made contributions and pledges of support in response to the humanitarian emergency there.