Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UK announces £2m more for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

  • Syed Nahas Pasha, London Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-10-12 23:59:18 BdST

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The UK has announced an additional £2 million for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as people displaced by a violent Myanmar Army crackdown in Rakhine State continue to cross the border.

The UK's overseas aid agency DfID announced the fund on Thursday in addition to £3 million it has already donated for the persecuted ethnic minority.

Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, made the announcement during a visit to Disasters Emergency Committee or DEC headquarters at Camden in London.

There, she heard about the sufferings of Rohingya refugees from four aid workers who recently returned to the UK from Cox's Bazar, where Bangladesh has sheltered the Rohingyas.

British Charity DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam, Plan International UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

Bangladeshi-origin British MP Rushanara Ali, who is also the UK government's trade envoy to Bangladesh, International Development Parliamentary committee member Paul Scully MP and Chair of all party parliamentary group on Bangladesh Anne Main MP were also present.

They all raised concern about the lack of access in Rakhaine State.

DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said in a statement: “The situation facing those fleeing Myanmar is truly desperate. We are hearing stories of small children separated from their families and of mothers giving birth in appalling conditions. "

He called for more funds as, he said, the DEC member charities "urgently need more funds to reach as many people as possible".