UK allocates £87m for Rohingyas, locals 

Baroness Sugg to visit Rohingya camps

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 16:00, Sep 22,2019 | Updated: 01:25, Sep 23,2019


British parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for International Development, Baroness Sugg, is scheduled to be in Bangladesh next week for visiting Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, according to British diplomatic sources.

She is likely to call on planning minister MA Mannan during the tour.

Sugg said that the British government announced an £87 million aid package for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

‘We’ll increase the support provided to women and girls – thousands fleeing Myanmar were raped and assaulted, and they remain vulnerable to sexual violence in the refugee camps,’ she said in a tweet on Friday.

This chunk of £87 million would be an additional allocation for sustaining the Rohingya refugee operation in Cox’s Bazar, raising the contribution of the country from the start of the crisis in August 2017 to a total of £226 million, according to a British High Commission press release.

‘It is hard to truly grasp the size of the humanitarian crisis faced by the Rohingya people,’ British international development secretary Alok Sharma said, adding that more than 700,000 were forced to flee their homes in the face of horrific brutality.

The British authorities are expecting that the new funding would help maintain the humanitarian operation in the camps and increase investment in the communities of Cox’s Bazar to help reverse the negative impact of the refugee presence and improve social cohesion there.

The new aid would also enable the Bangladesh government and the international community to find longer-term solutions for the Rohingya people, the high commission said, adding that over £20 million of the fresh allocation would be used as new support to the thousands of already vulnerable Bangladeshi families, who now have nearly one million refugees living in their district.

The fund will also be used for protection of Rohingya children that have survived abduction and trafficking, medical consultations to over 500,000 people, clean water and sanitation facilities for over 250,000 refugees and 50,000 local people, covering food needs of 100,000 refugees for a whole year and providing cooking gas for over 31,000 families that would help to stop further forest destruction, the high commission added.

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