Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Australia announces more funds for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-06-22 20:23:27 BdST

Rohingya refugees sit inside their house at Balukhali Makeshift Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, February 8, 2017. Reuters

Australia has announced AUD3.9 million in additional support to the World Food Programme to improve nutrition and build community resilience in Cox’s Bazar.

Undernutrition and food insecurity are “at crisis levels” in Cox’s Bazar and poverty is well above the national average, the Australian High Commission in Dhaka said in a statement.

Nearly 400,000 Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees also live in the district which is also affected by cyclone Mora recently.

“Australian funds have enabled WFP to respond in a timely manner to assist the most vulnerable, particularly women and children.”

The new funding will deliver much-needed food assistance, including nutritionally-enriched foods to pregnant mothers and infants.

The funds will also support income generation activities targeted at vulnerable women and female-headed households.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett visited WFP activities in Cox’s Bazar in Feb.

Since 2013, the Australian government has supported WFP’s work in Cox’s Bazar, with assistance totalling AUD16.5 million.