Dhaka: The United States has announced an additional $170 million (Tk 17,554,307,950) in humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas inside Myanmar, outside Myanmar and taking refuge in Bangladesh.
United States Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken announced the support.
The US Embassy in Dhaka gave this information on Friday (September 23).
United States Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken said, through this new financial assistance, the total amount of assistance provided by the United States to deal with the Rohingya refugee crisis since August 2017 has reached 1.9 billion dollars (Tk. 196,195,206,500). At that time, more than 740,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to safety in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
This year’s additional humanitarian aid includes $93 million (Tk 9,603,239,055) from the State Department and $77 million (Tk 7,951,068,895) from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Of this, $138 million (Tk. 14,249,967,630) is for the more than 940,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom are survivors of genocide, humanitarian and ethnic cleansing campaigns, and the sustainable development of the quality of life of the more than 540,000 local communities who have sheltered them. will be spent on activities. This includes providing food, safe drinking water, health care, protection, education, shelter and psychosocial support. We urge other donors to increase financial support for humanitarian operations and support for people at risk and affected by the violence in Myanmar.
The United States appreciates the generosity of Bangladesh and other countries in the region that have sheltered the Rohingya. We are working with the Government of Bangladesh, the Rohingya and the people inside Myanmar to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Rohingyas should be able to return safely, voluntarily, with dignity and sustainably.
Bangladesh Time: 1323 hours, September 23, 2022