Support to continue, assures EU commissioner
The European Commission has donated additional €5 million, equivalent to about Tk48 crore, as life-saving food assistance to the Rohingya communities sheltered in Bangladesh.
The fresh donation of €5 million is an addition to €40 million aid announced in May in response to the crisis, says a press release forwarded by the European Union Delegation in Dhaka on Tuesday.
"This additional fund is another clear sign that the European Union remains committed to stand by the side of the Rohingyas for as long as it takes. Food assistance is an absolute necessity, and we will continue to support both Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh throughout this crisis,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in the Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh rely entirely on humanitarian aid for their survival. This additional European Union funding will provide urgently needed food assistance to refugees, while ensuring access to food throughout the camps, makeshift settlements and host communities.
Following major outbreaks of violence in Myanmar in August, 2017, about 700,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border and entered into neighbouring Bangladesh. This massive displacement has entered its second year, in what has become a protracted crisis with severe humanitarian consequences.
Vulnerabilities continue to grow as exposure to natural hazards and the congestion of the refugee camps pose enormous strains on displaced communities.
Since 2017, the European Commission has allocated almost €115 million to the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, including €30 million announced during the Pledging Conference on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, which the European Union co-hosted in October 2017.