The United Nations has launched an appeal for $876 million to meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Johannes van der Klaau, the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangladesh, said that due to the sharp decline in donor pledges last year, only $553 million was secured to meet the needs of these refugees, which is far less than what NGOs need. He explained that this decline in funds led to a reduction in food rations for refugees.
The UN representative urged international donors to increase their pledges due to the exacerbation of this humanitarian crisis. He Said "Every morning, nearly a million Rohingya women, men and children wake up in an icy haze of uncertainty about their future. With fewer donations, these refugees are likely to face even greater challenges in their daily lives.". This lack of financial resources forced the United Nations World Food Program this month to reduce the food rations it provides to refugees in camps where malnutrition is already prevalent. And he warned "Turn Claw"This financial scarcity may lead to an exacerbation of malnutrition and an increase in school dropouts. About one million Rohingya refugees live in difficult conditions in camps, as they sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh to escape a crackdown led by the army in Myanmar against them in 2017. For its part, the United States announced additional humanitarian aid worth $26 million for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and other neighboring regions. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said "This new funding enables our humanitarian partners to continue providing life-saving assistance to affected communities on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.". He said the announced amount brings to $2.1 billion the total value of aid the United States has provided to the Rohingya since August 2017.
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