EU announces more humanitarian aid for Rohingya minority

BRUSSELS, The European Commission announced Monday that it is releasing a further 10 million euro (USD 11 million) in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

This comes on top of the 33 million euro (USD 36 million) funding already announced earlier this year for assistance to refugees, displaced people and host communities across Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State and the border district of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, said the EU?’s executive body in a statement.

“The EU’s support has helped save countless lives over the last two years since the crisis began, but cannot stop now as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya rely on humanitarian aid to survive,” commented EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic.

Today’s additional funding is another clear sign that the EU remains committed to stand by the side of the Rohingya for as long as it takes. We will continue to support both refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, as well as the vulnerable Rohingya people left in Myanmar.

At the same time, the EU continues to work to secure the conditions for the safe, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingya to Myanmar, he added.

The additional funding will focus on providing health care and help address the under-nutrition for the one million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh, after living conditions further deteriorated over the last months, he noted.

It will also provide food nutrition and protection for all displaced people living in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the humanitarian situation has further deteriorated this year due to the escalation of violence in the region.

September 2019 marked two years since the massive influx to Bangladesh of over 740,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state.

In total, almost 1 million refugees are living in camps in the Cox’s Bazar district, fully reliant on humanitarian assistance, he added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency