On Thursday (September 22) the United States (US) announced more than $170 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya inside and outside Burma, as well as for host communities in Bangladesh, according to a statement released by US secretary state, Antony Blinken.
“Our total assistance in response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis has reached nearly $1.9 billion since August 2017, when over 740,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to safety in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,” Blinken said in the statement.
“The latest assistance package includes more than $93 million administered through the State Department and more than $77 million through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),” Blinken said this by adding more that $138 million is for programs specifically for host communities in Bangladesh.
“It provides life-sustaining support to the over 940,000 Rohingya refugees, many of whom are survivors of a campaign of genocide and crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, and 540,000 generous host community members in Bangladesh,” the statement said.
In a statement, Mr. Blinken also said that It will enable the provision of food, safe drinking water, health care, protection, education, shelter, and psychosocial support.
Blinken urged the other donors to contribute robustly to the humanitarian response and increase support to those driven from and affected by violence in Burma, according to statement .
The United States applauds the generosity of the government and people of Bangladesh and other Rohingya-hosting countries in the region.
Recognizing that conditions in Burma do not currently allow for the safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return and reintegration of displaced Rohingya. He said we are working with the Government of Bangladesh, Rohingya, and people within Burma in order to find out solutions to the crisis.