The scale of the crisis facing Rohingya people is huge, says British minister Sugg, praising Bangladesh for hosting them
The United Kingdom has announced another financial assistance support worth Tk310 crore for the Rohingyas to help with food, health care, sanitation and counselling for victims of sexual abuse.
During a visit to Bangladesh last week, the UK International Development Minister Baroness Elizabeth Grace Sugg announced the aid in addition to London’s recent pledge of about Tk 900 crore for the crisis.
The new aid brings the UK’s contribution from the inception of the crisis in August 2017 to a total of Tk2,650 crore.
The UK minister paid tribute to all those working tirelessly to support the Rohingyas living in the camps when she visited Cox’s Bazar.
“The scale of the crisis facing the Rohingya people is huge. During my visit, I saw first-hand how UKaid is making a real difference in Cox’s Bazar, providing people with food, water and sanitation,” Baroness Sugg said.
“The UK government has now announced further support not only to help protect people from violence and trafficking but also help to improve their shelter in readiness for the next monsoon season,” she said, adding, “The Government and the people of Bangladesh have shown great generosity and humanity in hosting the Rohingya people and I am proud of the UK continues to stand with them.”
While in Bangladesh, Baroness Sugg visited a refugee registration centre to see how first-hand registration helps safeguard their right to voluntarily return to Myanmar. It also improves the accuracy of data so authorities and humanitarian partners can better understand the refugees’ needs.
Baroness Sugg also visited a women-friendly space where women and girls can support each other and access a range of social, mental health and psycho-social support; as well as sexual and reproductive health services.
In Dhaka, Baroness Sugg met with Planning Minister Muhammad Abdul Mannan. Their discussion covered a range of issues of shared interest, including climate change and Bangladesh’s transition to middle-income country status by 2024. Baroness Sugg also took the opportunity to express the UK’s gratitude for Bangladesh’s hosting the Rohingya refugees and underlined the UK’s commitment to the goal of safe, dignified and voluntary returns.
She also visited Myanmar where she highlighted the message of the UK’s commitment to making sure the right conditions are put in place in Rakhine to allow for voluntary returns.