POST TIME: 13 July, 2018 12:24:21 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 July, 2018 10:13:18 AM
Humanitarian appeal remains under-funded: UN
IOM chief due tomorrow

appeal remains 
under-funded: UN

The United Nations does not have any update about the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, who had to flee their homes in Rakhine to escape the atrocities by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people from other ethnic group in Rakhine. The global body also pointed out that adequate funding is not made available to conduct humanitarian operations and called for more fund.

“No update,” Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, told a regular briefing in New York on Wednesday when asked if he had any update on the plight of the Rohingya refugees who are to be repatriated but are still waiting and if there is any response from the Myanmar government.

He also said, “Our humanitarian appeal is under-funded. We need more funds for them (donors).”

“I think we also very much welcome the World Bank's initiatives, providing assistance to Bangladesh and the communities and the refugees,” he added

About the return of the Rohingyas, the spokesperson said, “But, at this point, I

think the conditions for their return are not there in Rakhine.  And, as we’ve said, as a matter of principle and also specifically in this case, any return needs to be voluntary and be done safely and in dignity.”

Referring to an opinion piece written by the secretary-general in The Washington Post, Dujarric said that the article is a reflection of his recent trip to Bangladesh with the World Bank president.

“And I think the horror of what he heard firsthand from these refugees, from the men, from the women, from the children, the violence they had suffered in Rakhine State, from the plight they are still… their plight in the refugee camps,” he said.

Meanwhile, International Organisation for Migration director general William Lacy Swing will arrive tomorrow on a three-day visit to Bangladesh that will include a trip to Cox’s Bazar to see the conditions of the Rohingya population and interact with them.

He will also see the humanitarian activities conducted by different organisations in the Rohingya settlement.

While in Bangladesh, Swing will meet with senior government officials and policy makers.

IOM, the UN migration agency, co-chairs with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), which coordinate the humanitarian operations with regard to Rohingyas in collaboration with the government.

The IOM chief last visited Bangladesh in October, last year.

During that visit, he said that people might die if adequate funding was not made available.

It is expected that this time round as well, the IOM DG will place great emphasis on more funding of the $951-million joint response plan launched in March.