Australia supports humanitarian needs in Cox’s Bazar


International Desk

The Australian government has announced a further AUD 10 million to support the humanitarian needs of almost 600,000 Rohingya people.

This brings Australia’s total assistance since the onset of the Rohingya crisis to AUD 30 million, said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The recent violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has resulted in more than 600,000 Rohingya crossing the border into Bangladesh.

Most of these people have few possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid to survive.

Almost 60 percent of the new arrivals are children, around 10 percent are pregnant or breastfeeding women, and a significant
percentage of women have experienced sexual violence.

Australia appreciated the government of Bangladesh generous acceptance of this influx and acknowledges the increasingly heavy burden being placed on Bangladesh.

Australian support will contribute to providing food, clean water, sanitation, and shelter to more than 600,000 displaced people, said the High Commission.

It will also help treat children for malnutrition, create safe spaces for women, and provide maternal health services.

This assistance will be provided through the World Food Programme, the International Organisation for Migration, UNHCR, UNFPA, and other trusted humanitarian partners including local NGO BRAC and Australian NGOs.


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