Assistance for Rohingya to continue, reassures British envoy
The UK government has announced an additional funding of nearly Tk917 crore (£87m or $108.5m) to sustain the Rohingya refugee operation in Cox’s Bazar.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and head of Department of International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh Judith Herbertson announced the new funding at a press conference yesterday at the envoy’s residence.
With the additional funds, the UK contribution to maintain Rohingya operations rose to nearly $282 million since August, 2017.
The funding will help provide food, healthcare, water, sanitation, care and counseling for sexual violence survivors, and protection for vulnerable groups.
Over $25 million is being made available to support development in the Cox’s Bazar district to mitigate the economic and environmental impact the Rohingya refugee crisis is having on the local communities.
The press release said that the UK government is working to ensure that the international response benefits the entire district’s population.
The new fund will be available under the joint response plan (JRP) that appealed for $920.5 million, said Herbertson in response to a question.
In reply to another question, Dickson re-assured that the UK's humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya population would continue.
“It is hard to truly grasp the size of the humanitarian crisis faced by the Rohingya people. More than 700,000 were forced to flee their homes in the face of horrific brutality.
The UK has worked with the Government of Bangladesh to provide lifesaving aid, including food, water and shelter, as well education and counseling as they rebuild their lives,” International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said during the press event.
“This support announced today demonstrates our continued commitment to the Rohingya people,” he said.
“The UK and Bangladesh have a strong and enduring partnership, which continues to deepen as Bangladesh transitions to becoming a middle-income country,” said high commissioner Dickson.
“We greatly appreciate the remarkable generosity and humanity the government and the people of Bangladesh have shown in hosting the Rohingya people,” he said.
“The overarching aim must remain finding a solution to this crisis, so that the Rohingya can voluntarily return to Myanmar in safety and dignity. The UK remains committed to ensuring that conditions are put in place to allow this to happen,” he added.
“Since August 2017, UKaid from British taxpayers has contributed £226 million to provide life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to almost one million Rohingya people,” head of DFID Bangladesh Herbertson said.
“This additional £87 million will help deliver stability and security for the Rohingya and for vulnerable local communities in Cox’s Bazar who have been affected by the crisis,” she said.
“We appreciate the enormous generosity of the Government of Bangladesh and the people of Cox’s Bazar. And we pay tribute to all those working tirelessly to support the Rohingya living in the camps,” she added.