International Organization for Migration (IOM) has appealed the international community for $119.77 million to support more than 500,000 newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The UN migration agency made the appeal yesterday for providing desperately needed aid to the refugees.
Most of the refugees arrived with only the clothes on their backs, joining an estimated 300,000 Rohingya people that had fled in earlier waves of displacement.
IOM, at the request of the Government of Bangladesh, has been leading the Inter Sector Coordination Group, which is coordinating the humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees.
This appeal outlines IOM’s funding requirement from September 2017 to February 2018, as a part of the wider UN Humanitarian Response Plan.
IOM’s operations focus on coordination and five sectors of assistance shelter and core relief items, displacement site management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, protection and communication with the communities.
IOM also leads the coordination of three specific sectors- shelter and core relief items, site management and communicating with communities.
Prior to the latest influx of refugees, IOM was coordinating humanitarian assistance to around 200,000 refugees living in makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, and it continues to support this population, as well as newer arrivals.
Lifesaving services provided by the IOM and its partner agencies include clean water and sanitation, shelter, food security, health care, education, and psychosocial support for the most vulnerable individuals, many whom are suffering from acute mental trauma or are survivors of sexual assault.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees began a mass exodus to Bangladesh since August 25 this year, escaping the brutal military campaign in northern state of Myanmar.
The influx of Rohingya refugees has resulted in a severe humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh.