As has been reported by Rohingya Khobor (RK) Japan has recently made significant donations to aide Rohingya refugees and today, Japan has continued its generosity by signing with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, a partnership agreement to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The contribution of USD 3.5 million [JPY 505 million] will be used to maintain access to critical and life-sustaining services for refugees living in the Cox’s Bazar camps and on Bhasan Char.
“UNHCR is grateful for the support from the Japanese Government and its people
towards Rohingya refugees, and their solidarity with the Government and people of
Bangladesh hosting them,” said Johannes Van Der Klaauw, UNHCR Representative in
Bangladesh, who added: “Japan was the first to support the humanitarian response on
Bhasan Char. Its contribution has allowed UNHCR to strengthen local NGO work on the
island, including providing protection and access to essential services.”
As per the agreement, UNHCR will continue its humanitarian response in the camps in
Cox’s Bazar and on Bhasan Char, focusing on providing key services, such as legal and
community-based protection, access to health, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition support
and core relief items.
“As the Rohingya crisis has turned into the sixth year, it is imperative to continue funding
for better and dignified lives of refugees, while making every effort for the early
repatriation to Myanmar. With the view that durable solutions of this crisis will be
conducive to realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific region, Japan will stand by the
Government and the people of Bangladesh in supporting the Rohingya response.” said
H.E ITO Naoki, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh.
The UNHCR has reported that since the beginning of the emergency in August 2017, Japan has been a steadfast supporter of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, contributing over USD $170 million to UNHCR and other UN agencies and NGOs in Bangladesh, including through
this new funding.