US provides $170 mln in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya crisis
The United States on Friday announced more than $170 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingyas inside and outside Burma, as well as for host communities in Bangladesh.
With this new funding, America's total assistance in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis has reached nearly $1.9 billion since August 2017, when over 7,40,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to safety in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
This additional humanitarian assistance includes more than $93 million through the State Department and more than $77 million through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
With nearly $138 mln for programs specifically in Bangladesh, the aid provides support to the over 9,40,000 Rohingya refugees, many of whom are survivors of a campaign of genocide and crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, and 5,40,000 generous host community members in Bangladesh.
It will enable the provision of food, safe drinking water, health care, protection, education, shelter, and psychosocial support.
Recognizing that conditions in Burma do not currently allow for the safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return and reintegration of displaced Rohingya, we are working with the Govt. of Bangladesh, Rohingya, and people within Burma toward finding solutions to the crisis, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said in a press statement.