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US to provide additional $44m for Rohingyas

Staff Correspondent     16 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $44 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees and others affected by violence and conflict in Myanmar.

This brings the US contribution to the crisis response to more than $207 million since August 25 last year, the US Embassy in Dhaka said on Tuesday.

The total US humanitarian assistance for displaced Rohingya in and from Myanmar currently stands at more than $299 million since October 1, 2016, the US Embassy added.  Visiting USAID Administrator Mark Green announced this new funding during his visit to the Kutapalong camp in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday. Since last August, nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in Rakhine State, crossing the border into Bangladesh that was already hosting more than 300,000 Rohingyas.

Besides, in Myanmar, 8.3 million people live in areas affected by conflict, not only in Rakhine State, but throughout the country.   This conflict, and the ensuing displacement of people, has created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.

As the world’s largest humanitarian provider, the US is actively responding to urgent needs on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.  With this new funding, the US will provide emergency food assistance in and around Cox’s Bazar, to include emergency food for general distribution, specialized foods to treat acute malnutrition, and vouchers so refugees can buy food in local markets, where available.