The United States has announced more than $170 million in humanitarian aid for Rohingya inside and outside Myanmar and for groups sheltering in Bangladesh.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement on Friday, ‘About 138 million dollars will be provided for programs in Bangladesh in particular. Under this program, the support is being provided for the life-saving initiatives of more than 940 thousand Rohingya survivors of genocide, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and 540 thousand members of the groups that shelter them in Bangladesh.
He said the new aid will be able to provide food, safe water, health care, protection, education, shelter and psycho-social support.
Blinken said, “The United States also appreciates the generosity of the government and people of Bangladesh, as well as other countries that have sheltered the Rohingya in the region.”
The US Secretary of State said that with this new funding, the total US aid to the Rohingya crisis since August 2017 has reached about 1.9 billion dollars. In 2017, more than 740,000 Rohingyas were forced to flee from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
In additional humanitarian assistance, more than $93 million has been allocated by the State Department and more than $77 million through USAID.
Blinken said, ‘I acknowledge that the situation in Burma (Myanmar) is currently not conducive to the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return and repatriation of the displaced Rohingya. We are working with the Bangladesh government, the Rohingya and the people inside Burma to find a solution to this problem.’
He called on other donors to contribute towards increasing humanitarian aid and support for those displaced and affected by the violence in Myanmar.
The US Secretary of State also praised the US humanitarian partners for their continuous life-saving work for the Rohingya.