The United Kingdom has decided to offer £11.6 million ($14.7 million) in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya refugees and communities in Bangladesh that have been affected by disasters.
The new finance package will allocate £8 million to supply food to 546,100 Rohingya refugees. Additionally, £2 million will be used to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene services to 46,000 Rohingya refugees. The package will also include child protection services for 5,700 refugees and host communities.
Furthermore, if any disasters occur in Bangladesh within the next two years, £1.6 million will be allocated to provide humanitarian support to the affected individuals.
During a visit to Cox’s Bazar, Sarah Cooke, the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, announced the United Kingdom’s support.
Cooke said that the UK is standing in solidarity with Rohingya refugees and all communities in Bangladesh who have been impacted by disasters.
She said, “The UK is grateful to Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees and is dedicated to helping the government find a long-term solution to the Rohingya crisis.”
Currently, we are offering crucial humanitarian assistance through this support. This includes providing £8 million worth of food support in response to the alarming reduction in rations at the camps earlier this year.
The new support package will also assist Bangladeshi communities throughout the country in dealing with the effects of natural disasters, which can have a severe impact on their well-being and livelihoods. This statement acknowledges the government of Bangladesh’s commendable efforts in this field, as well as the UK’s longstanding assistance in disaster preparedness and response in Bangladesh.
The UK has been providing £362 million in humanitarian support to Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting them in Bangladesh since 2017.