On Wednesday, (25 January) a press release from US Agency for International Development (USAID) said that The United States is going to provide an additional $75 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of at-risk Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and the local Bangladeshis hosting them. This assistance is being given as the price of daily necessities. It also said that this new money will provide emergency and life-saving supplies to nearly 6 lakh people. And This assistance will be provided through USAID.
With this new funding, USAID will work with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, infrastructure maintenance, disaster risk mitigation and logistical support. Through the feeding programme, malnourished children aged six months to five years, pregnant and lactating mothers will be provided with nutrition and food assistance and supply of staple and fresh food at designated distribution centres. 33 Rohingya camps and 130 local Bangladeshi sites are covered by this program. In addition, public infrastructure in WFP camps will be maintained and developed through disaster risk mitigation programmes.
According to the statement, “Six years ago, members of the Burmese (Myanmar) army committed genocide, ethnic cleansing and other horrific atrocities and torture against the Rohingyas, forcing more than 774,000 refugees (Rohingyas) to leave their homeland in the Rakhine state of Burma.” One of these Rohingyas Most are living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.
According to the US Embassy, the US is committed to helping the Rohingya and USAID will continue to provide assistance to them and local Bangladeshis in times of need.