EU mobilises €96m for Rohingyas

Diplomatic Correspondent

26 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

EU mobilises €96m

for Rohingyas

The European Union has mobilised a total of €96 million in 2020 for humanitarian, development cooperation as well as conflict prevention support for the Rohingya population.

The European Union, along with the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees co-hosted the International Donors' Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Response held on October 22 in solidarity with the Rohingyas and countries in the region.

Representing the EU at the conference, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said the international community came together to show its support and deliver further assistance to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting them.

"We must do all we can so the Rohingya crisis does not become a forgotten tragedy. At this difficult time, the EU continues to stand by the most vulnerable with this emergency humanitarian support."

Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has increased the challenges on the ground.

"EU pledge reinforces our engagement with partners in support of people and development in the region. We must prevent a worsening of this crisis."

The funding from the EU will focus on helping those most in need, channelled through UN agencies, NGOs and international organizations.

Humanitarian assistance of €51.5 million, which includes a new allocation of €20 million from the Emergency Aid Reserve, to help refugees and vulnerable host communities, according to a press release of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh.

Development support of €39 million to strengthen the resilience and social cohesion of Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox's Bazar district and of internally displaced people in Rakhine State.

Conflict prevention support of €5.5 million to contribute to stability and peace in the region.