Dhaka – Denmark has announced additional 4.6 million dollars to meet urgent food need for the Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousand facing a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar more than a year ago.
Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs made the announcement on Wednesday in Dhaka after visiting the refugee camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar.
She said her government was doing everything possible to put pressure on Myanmar to find a political solution to the crisis.
“I can assure you that from the Danish government side we’re putting all the pressures that we can do,” said the Danish Minister at a news conference in Dhaka.
Denmark, earlier, supported World Food Programme with 13 US million dollars to feed the refugees since the influx of Rohingya Muslims began in August 2017.
More 1 Rohingya Muslims have been living in crowded camps in Bangladesh after they were driven away by Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes in the past decade.
Of them, more than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar launched a military crackdown on suspected Muslim insurgents in August 2017. Unknown number of people were killed during the crackdown, which the United Nations called an example of ethnic cleansing. Many survivors say they were tortured, their homes torched and that women were raped by the soldiers.
Tørnæs visited the camps along with David Beasley, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), for two days.
They saw first-hand WFP’s general food assistance programmes, disaster risk reduction work, nutrition centres and school feeding, as well as site management and engineering work carried out by the aid agencies.
The Minister stressed the need for further cooperation, dialogue, and sustained efforts from the international community.
“It has been one year since I last visited these camps. I am pleased to see positive changes,” she said appreciating the works by the aid agencies in the camps.
The WFP has been carrying out support for 870,000 refugees with protection, food, and shelter.
Beasley said more work needs to be done to support the Rohingya people and local Bangladeshi communities.
The international community needs to work with Bangladesh to give the Rohingya children not just hope for a better future, but also the tools to thrive, including food, health and education, he added.
“This crisis must not be forgotten. I am grateful to the people of Bangladesh for all that has been done to offer sanctuary to those who fled Myanmar, and I am grateful to the financial support and partnership of Denmark that has allowed WFP to continue its work here,” Beasley said.