King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works (KSRelief), in collaboration with the UN Migration Agency IOM, has delivered 100 tons of relief for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The relief consists of food and core aid items such as tents, sleeping mats and blankets.
A plane chartered by the IOM arrived with the relief materials in Chittagong in the early hours of Friday.
The aid is being directed towards an estimated 420,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in the northern state of Rakhine in Myanmar and arrived in the Cox-Bazar region of Bangladesh since August 25 this year.
IOM Bangladesh took delivery of the relief and then organized a convoy of at least 20 trucks to move it from Shah Amanat International Airport to an IOM warehouse in Cox's Bazar.
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IOM Bangladesh and its implementing partner NGOs will distribute the relief to the thousands of Rohingya people, many of whom arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many refugees are currently living under the open sky and in makeshift refugee camps in Kutupalong and Balukhali.
"Many of these families are still living in the open without adequate shelter, food or clean water. This airlift, which we hope will be the first of many, will provide some 850 families with tents, mats and bedding to protect them from the daily downpours and extreme heat,” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM Director of Operations and Emergencies.
"We are delighted that KSRelief, which in the past has partnered with IOM in Myanmar, Somalia and other conflict zones, has again chosen to step in and work with us to help these desperate people,” he added.