The United Kingdom has announced extra £87 million funding for Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. Since August 2017, UK aid from British taxpayers has contributed £226 million to provide a sustainable life for Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazar.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and Head of DFID Judith Herbertson has spoken to Bangladeshi media about the additional funding for Rohingya crisis. According to them, this additional funding will help provide food, healthcare, water, sanitation, care and counselling for sexual violence survivors, and protection for vulnerable groups.
- Approximately £20 million pounds will be provided to support the development of Cox’s Bazar district.
- Over £20 million will be distributed to support thousands of vulnerable Bangladeshi families who now have nearly one million refugees living in their district.
- Over 450,000 refugees will receive protection including Rohingya women and girls, who have been subject to sexual violence, and children that have survived abduction and trafficking.
- Over 500,000 medical consultations will be provided through 27 primary health care and mobile clinics, along with the early warning system for disease outbreaks.
- Over 250,000 refugees and 50,000 people from the local community will receive clean water and sanitation.
- Covering the basic food needs of 100,000 refugees for a whole year, and containers to protect the food of 150,000 families.
- Over 31,000 families will be provided with cooking gas to eliminate deforestation in Cox’s Bazaar.
The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Chatterton Dickson said, “The UK and Bangladesh have a strong and enduring partnership, which continues to deepen as Bangladesh transitions to becoming a middle-income country. We greatly appreciate the remarkable generosity and humanity the government and the people of Bangladesh have shown in hosting the Rohingya people. The overarching aim must remain to find a solution to this crisis, so that the Rohingya can voluntarily return to Myanmar in safety and dignity. The UK remains committed to ensuring that conditions are put in place to allow this to happen.”