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US gives the biggest aid package to support Rohingyas

  • Published at 03:11 pm October 25th, 2019
File photo of Rohingya women and children in a camp in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune

This year, the USA gave $274 million

While a request for $920 million was made to carry on the humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas, so far 60% has come thru, with the most from the United States of America. 

This year alone, the US gave around $274 million. 

The Rohinghya exodus began on Aug 25, 2017 when a large number of people came to Bangladesh to avert a crackdown by the Myanmar army.

File photo: Rohingya refugees leave after attending a demonstration at Camp No 4 (Extension) at Kutupalong's Modhurchhara in Ukhiya on August 25, 2019 | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneAround 750,000 people entered the country adding to the previous 350,000, who now reside at various camps in Cox’s Bazar, Ukhia, and Teknaf.

The government is carrying out international diplomacy to send the Rohingyas back to their country, with the United Nations providing aid to shelter them.

To support the Rohingyas, a Joint Response Plan was taken, and in 2018, UN asked for $950 million in assistance. Several countries, and donors gave 70%. Since the repatriation failed, UN again asked for aid from donors, and partners.

This year, the requested amount is $920 million. UN sources say that 60% of the fund has been arranged, the lion’s share of which was provided by the USA - $670 million.

Rohingya men and women migrating to different camps in Cox Bazar | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka TribuneUK provided $120 million, Australia $34 million, European Commission $31 million, Japan $31 million, Canada $23 million, Qatar Thani Foundation $22 million, Germany $17 million, Saudi Arabia $10.6 million, UAE $10 million, New Zealand $4.5 million, Norway $4.4 million, and Turkey $4 million, etc.

Russia also made a contribution in the amount of $1 million. 

Bangladesh expects USA will also play a role in repatriating the Rohingyas.

Distressed rohngya women and children at a camp in Cox Bazar | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka TribuneA spokesperson of the Bangladesh Embassy in the USA, said: “We call upon Myanmar to create a conducive atmosphere for the safe, dignified, and secure return of the Rohingyas.”

Former Bangladesh envoy to China, Munshi Fayez Ahmed, said: “This is indeed a positive sign that USA is giving assistance, but if they carry on giving us political support then solving this problem will be easy.”

Former defence attache to Myanmar, Shahidul Huq, said: “In addition to humanitarian aid, punitive measures against Myanmar will provide swift solution to the imbroglio; USA has imposed travel restrictions on some generals which needs to be extended.”

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