On 23 February, 2023, Arakan Rohingya National Alliance (ARNA) expressed its “deep concern” over the recent decision of the United Nations (UN) to cut food aid to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh due to a funding shortfall.
The plan of World Food Program (WFP) to reduce the value of its food assistance from $12 per person to $10 per person starting in a few weeks just before Ramadan is shocking. It will have devastating effect on the Rohingya refugees who have been living in dire conditions for years,according to a press release issued on Thursday.
Therefore, ARNA urges upon the United Nations with the international community:
- To review this harsh decision of the UN and take necessary measures to ensure that the Rohingya refugees receive the assistance they desperately need.
- To step up their support for the Rohingya people and their refugees by timely responding with essential supplies that help them and their children survive and recover from trauma.
- In this trying situation, it is the utmost to exert effective pressure on the Myanmar military and authorities to stop atrocity crimes and ensure voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable repatriation of all Rohingya refugees, to their original homes and places in Arakan with suitable reparation.