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US urges Myanmar to create conditions for sustainable return of Rohingyas

  • Published at 10:39 am February 16th, 2019
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File photo of Rohingya refugees gather as hundreds of them protest against the repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh on Thursday; November 15, 2018 Reuters

It announced $60m in humanitarian aid at the launch of 2019 UN Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh

The United States has called on Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State.

The US also commended the government of Bangladesh's generosity in responding to this humanitarian crisis and appreciated its continued efforts to ensure that assistance reaches the affected population, the US Department of State said in a media note on Friday.

Earlier, the United States announced $60 million in humanitarian assistance at the launch of the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh in Geneva.

This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh, most of whom are Rohingya women and children from Myanmar, and the related needs of Bangladeshi host communities.

The beneficiaries include Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017, when Myanmar security forces began committing atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, against Rohingya villagers across northern Rakhine State.

The United States remains the leading contributor to the humanitarian response to this crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, having provided nearly $449 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, of which nearly $406 million is for programs inside Bangladesh.

"We continue to call on others to join us in contributing to this humanitarian response," the media note stated.

US assistance provides protection, emergency shelter, food, water, sanitation, health care, psychosocial support, and education for people affected by the crisis, including Bangladeshi host communities and people displaced inside Myanmar and in the region.

The US aid also supports the efforts of humanitarian organizations and the government of Bangladesh to improve camp infrastructure and shelter ahead of the monsoon and cyclone seasons.