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UK urges long-term support for Rohingya refugees

  • Published at 07:40 pm August 24th, 2018
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File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

 Now the focus is on making sure that the Rohingya people have access to further support while they are living in the camps

One year on from the devastating man-made crisis which saw the mass exodus Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh, the UK has called on the international community to provide long-term support for the refugees.

On August 24, 2017, insurgent attacks on check posts in Myanmar triggered a brutal military crackdown in the country’s Rakhine State, leading around 700,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. 

“On this anniversary of such barbarism we should recommit ourselves to ensuring that Burma (Myanmar) cooperates with the asks of the international community and that nations work to meet to needs of these vulnerable people (Rohingyas),” said International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt in a statement issued by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The government and people of Bangladesh have also shown enormous generosity in opening their borders and providing a safe haven for those fleeing violence. Now the focus is on making sure that the Rohingya people have access to further support while they are living in the camps, the statement added.

It further said that UKAID will provide immediate access to learning opportunities in a safe environment for Rohingya children and also local children living in communities near to the camps, as well as providing skills training to improve the livelihoods for Rohingya men and women, better equipping them for the future.

According to the statement, the UK has contributed £129 million to support the displaced Rohingya since August 25 last year.

Support from UKAID for the ongoing Bangladeshi monsoon season, which is expected to run till November, includes 10,000 upgraded shelter kits, 90,000 tarpaulins and ropes, 100,000 blankets and 100,000 floor mats.  

“There is no doubt that this is a protracted crisis and the British public have enabled hundreds of thousands of lives to be saved through their taxes, and through huge sums raised in voluntary donations. I want to thank all who have stepped up and donated or worked to bring hope to so many,” Penny Mordaunt said.

“It is clear what the international community must now do, and what Burma must do. These people need their lives back and their rights guaranteed,” she added.