Canada announces $100m for Rohingyas

Staff Correspondent

22nd May, 2019 10:38:04 printer

Canadian government has announced around $100 million in humanitarian and development initiatives to help the most vulnerable people affected by the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.

This includes $32.15 million in humanitarian assistance to mitigate the impact of the monsoon and cyclone seasons, improve living conditions in refugee camps, support sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response initiatives, and increase access to health facilities and sexual and reproductive health services.

It also includes $67.7 million in development assistance to expand health and basic education services, address gender-based violence, and provide skills training and resources to increase women’s opportunities for income generation.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development Kamal Khera announced the initiatives after concluding a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

During her visit, she met with government officials and humanitarian and development partners, as well as refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, said a Canadian embassy press release.

“I was deeply moved to see the incredible difference our partners are making in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in Cox’s Bazar, especially women and children. The host communities have been severely affected by the influx of Rohingya. The Rohingya themselves have lost everything,” said Kamal Khera.