Aid response to Rohingya emergency must be ramped up ‘massively’: UN

Reuters | Published: 13:13, Sep 13,2017


Rohingya refugees wait for the food to be distributed by local organisations near Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 13, 2017. — Reuters photo

Aid agencies have to step up operations ‘massively’ in response to the arrival in Bangladesh of about 400,000 refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the amount of money needed to help them has risen sharply, a senior UN official said on Wednesday.

The exodus of Muslim Rohingyas to Bangladesh began on August 25 after Rohingya militants attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp. The attacks triggered a sweeping military counter-offensive by Myanmar security forces.

‘We will all have to ramp up our response massively, from food to shelter,’ George William Okoth-Obbo, assistant high commissioner for operations at the UN refugee agency, told Reuters during a visit to a refugee settlement in Bangladesh.

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