Publish: 23 Sep 2021, 12:36 pm
The United States (US) has
announced nearly 180 million US dollar in additional assistance for Rohingyas
facing a humanitarian crisis in and outside Myanmar and affected host communities
"Of this funding, nearly
$158 million is for programs inside Bangladesh," said US Representative to
the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tuesday.
According to US embassy in Dhaka,
she said Bangladesh and its people have taken on an enormous responsibility in
"We stand with the Government
of Bangladesh and with Rohingya in working toward the ultimate goal of the
safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return and reintegration of
Rohingya refugees and internally displaced person," the ambassador said.
For decades, she said Rohingya in
Myanmar have faced a campaign of cruelty like torture, rape, arson, killings
"While we relentlessly
pressure Burma's military regime to stop its violence and return to the path to
democracy, the international community must examine other durable solutions for
Rohingya," she said.
Since the coup in Myanmar, she
said the heartbreaking humanitarian situation has been even more dire.
"Nearly 900,000 Rohingya
have been forced to take refuge in Bangladesh. We cannot ignore their
plight," she added.
The ambassador said this
assistance will provide protection, shelter, food, safe drinking water, health
care, and psychosocial support.
It will also assist disaster
preparedness and COVID-19 relief for Rohingya while bolster access to education
and skills training for Rohingya in Bangladesh - key for those who wish to
pursue repatriation once conditions are suitable, she continued.
"If you've already donated,
we urge you to increase your commitment. And if you have not made a
contribution, now is the time to join us," she urged other countries.
She was addressing the virtual
meeting titled "High-Level Side Event on Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals
(Rohingya) crisis: Imperatives for a Sustainable Solution", held under
The US representative thanked
Bangladesh and other co-hosts for convening the important event.
Bangladesh organised the event
cosponsored by eight countries and organisations including United Kingdom (UK),
Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and
European Union (EU). (BSS)
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