The United States will provide nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Myanmar to Bangladesh.
The United States have announced this support during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to a US press release issued in Dhaka Wednesday.
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 US humanitarian assistance reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people.
“We applaud the government of Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to this severe humanitarian crisis and appreciate their continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches people in need,” the release said.
Through this support, the United States will help to provide 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 to over 400,000 displaced people in Burma and in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has announced allocation of US$15 million humanitarian assistance for Rohingyas and the Republic of Korea $1.5 million for the Rohingya people, who took shelter in Bangladesh following persecution by Myanmar army in Rakhine state.