The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) will sign a $3 million agreement to jointly provide emergency support and relief items to Rohingya refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The signing ceremony will take place at the UNHCR office in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday, according to a UNHCR press statement.
Abdullah Al Rabeeah, supervisor general of KSRelief, and Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR regional representative to the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, will sign the agreement.
As per the joint response plan, the UN and its humanitarian partners are asking for $951 million to provide emergency assistance and protection services to vulnerable Rohingya people as well as locals affected by the influx of refugees.
More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25 last year, when ethnic conflicts in Rakhine sparked the most rapid human exodus seen since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The newly arrived refugees joined more than 400,000 others who were already living in cramped makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar. Around 6,500 others have taken shelter in the no man’s land on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
On November 23, Dhaka and Naypyidaw signed an agreement to begin repatriating the refugees in January this year, but the process has stalled over technical and ground-level problems.