Meager 35pc of $920m Rohingya plan received !

Staff Correspondent

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A meager 35 per cent of the $920 million required by the 2019 Joint Response Plan has been secured for supporting sheltered Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar.

Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) and the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) disclosed the figure in a joint press statement on Sunday which also said that the funding waso still required for protection, food security, education, nutrition, wash, shelter, site management, and communications with communities to sustain developments made in the lives of the Rohingya, and lessen the impact on the host community.

It also said health and emergency telecommunications remain the most severely underfunded areas.

The Rohingya community together with the people and the Government of Bangladesh, the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) partners – UN agencies and NGOs – mark two years since the beginning of the Rohingya crisis, to remind the world of this continuing humanitarian tragedy and to reflect on how far the response has come to date.

“Although notable progress has been made on a number of fronts, the Rohingya refugees remain fully dependent on humanitarian assistance in terms of shelter, food, health services, water and sanitation, and the response is critically underfunded,” highlighted Nicole Epting, ISCG Senior Coordinator.

The international community cannot forget the decades of persecution and violence as well as the events of August 2017 that have led to this moment, reads out the statement.

The Rohingya are now one of the largest displaced populations in the world, many of whom would like to exercise the right to return voluntarily to their home in Myanmar, in safety and dignity, it continued.

Two years ago, the world witnessed one of the largest forced displacements of recent times. In a few weeks, around a million Rohingya women, girls, boys and men were forced from their homes in Rakhine State, Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh.

 Horrific violence was perpetrated on a massive scale against a vulnerable population, who for generations endured persecution and denial of their basic human rights.