Dhaka – As the refugee are in dire need of assistance, the UN migration agency on Wednesday appealed to the international community for nearly 120 million dollars in humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslims sheltered in Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.
International Organization for Migration made the appeal saying the Rohingya “refugees are now living in dire condition”.
An estimated 509,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on August 25 as the Burmese army said it launched crackdown against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state.
But civilians crossed the border said that they were brutalized, their relatives were killed homes torched by the army and their Buddhist cohorts.
Bangladesh has been hosting 400,000 other Rohingya driven away from their homes in Rakhine.
The IOM, which has been coordinating the humanitarian response to the influx of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, said its appeal outlines funding requirement for 119.77 million dollars from September 2017 to February 2018 as a part of the wider UN Humanitarian Response Plan.
The refugees desperately needed aid, it said in a statement.
The speed and the magnitude of the influx since 25 August, when tens of thousands of Rohingya began fleeing violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency.
According to the IOM estimates, 51 million dollars will be required for shelter and non-food support to the refugees. Site management will require 40.5 million dollars, WASH 10.1 million dollars. Health services will need 8.97 million dollar, protection of the refugees will require 3.6 million dollars. Spending for coordination services and communications with communities has been fixed for 3.3 million dollars and 2.3 million dollars respectively.
The majority of the refugees arrived with little or nothing, joining an estimated 300,000 others who had fled in earlier waves of displacement, said the IOM.
The organization said the operations focus on coordination and five sectors of assistance shelter and core relief items, displacement site management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, coordination, protection and communication with communities.
As well as the overall response, IOM leads the coordination of three specific sectors shelter and core relief items, site management and communicating with communities.
Prior to the latest influx, IOM was coordinating humanitarian assistance to some 200,000 refugees living in makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar and continues to support this population, as well as newer arrivals.
Lifesaving services delivered by IOM and its partner agencies include clean water and sanitation, shelter, food security, health care, education, and psychosocial support for the most vulnerable individuals, many whom are suffering from acute mental trauma or are survivors of sexual violence.