Dhaka – The United States has announced humanitarian assistance worth about 32 million dollars to address the urgent needs of Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence to Bangladesh from Myanmar.
The US Statement Department said on Wednesday that the aid will also address the needs of the internally displaced people in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The announcement came a day after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reportedly said she expected nothing from President Donald Trump as she had a conversation with the US President in New York.
Hasina is now in New York to attend the 72nd session of the UN general assembly.
Among other priorities, one of the primary themes of this year’s General Assembly is bolstering support for humanitarian assistance to ongoing emergencies, in particular for refugees and the communities that host them.
The new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Burma and refugees from Burma in the region to nearly $95 million in FY 2017, said the State Department.
“It reflects the U.S. commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people,” It said in a statement lauding Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to severe humanitarian crisis.
The rapid influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees has strained resources and overwhelmed humanitarian agencies and local authorities.
The UN estimated at least 421,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence that began on August 25 in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.
The Burmese military was accused by the UN secretary general of ethnic cleansing as the civilian fleeing the brutality reported that the Myanmar army and Buddhist mob killed minority Muslims and torched their homes in villages one after another.
The US fund will be used for providing emergency shelter, food security, nutritional assistance, health assistance, psychosocial support, water, sanitation, and hygiene, livelihoods, social inclusion, non-food items, disaster and crisis risk reduction, restoring family links, and protection of the displaced persons in Burma and in Bangladesh.
The United States called upon all parties to allow for unfettered humanitarian access to people in Rakhine State, Burma. It also encouraged other donors to join hands in providing additional humanitarian assistance for those affected by the crisis.