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15 October, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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ROGINGYA influx

Funding urgently needed, says UN

Ministerial-level ‘pledging confce’ on Oct 23
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT

Against the backdrop of extreme emergency triggered by unprecedented influx of Rohingyas to Bangladesh from Myanmar, funding to look after them is urgently needed. According to the United Nations agencies, $434 million is necessary as part of a 6-month humanitarian response plan. But, currently 25 per cent is being funded, according to the UN.
Fund is coming, but additional resources are urgently necessary, said the United Nations office of coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA). On the heel of such a scenario, a ministerial-level ‘pledging conference’ will be held in Geneva on October 23 aiming to raise the necessary resources to enable the humanitarian community to meet the most urgent needs of Rohingya refugees who sought shelter and safety in Bangladesh. It will be co-hosted by the European Union and the Government of Kuwait, and co-organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the OCHA. The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale, according to a news release posted on the OCHA website. As of October13, some 536,000 Rohingya refugees had fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25. Thousands more reportedly remain stranded and in peril in Myanmar without the means to cross the border into Bangladesh. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatised, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines. Humanitarian partners continue to scale up operations, but additional resources are urgently needed.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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