US Announces New Assistance to Respond to Rohingya Crisis
Washington: At the launch of the 2021 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, the United States (US) announced nearly $155 million in new assistance to sustain critical efforts to support Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and other affected people in Burma.
“Our assistance will help meet the immediate needs of the nearly 900,000 refugees in Bangladesh who fled from horrific violence in Burma’s Rakhine State, including women and children,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a press statement on Tuesday.
As the leading contributor of assistance in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, the US is helping to support the victims of atrocities and other vulnerable people in need.
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“With this new funding, the country’s total humanitarian aid for those affected by the crisis in Burma, Bangladesh, and elsewhere in the region since the brutal violence by the Burmese military in August 2017 is more than $1.3 billion, including more than $1.1 billion for programs inside Bangladesh,” he stated.
“Given the tremendous funding needs for this crisis, we welcome the contributions that some member states have made to this humanitarian response in recent months. We encourage the broader international community to do more and urge other countries and stakeholders to contribute as well,” he added.
According to the US top diplomat, in the aftermath of the February 1 military coup and the brutal military crackdown in Burma, the US remains committed to addressing the Rohingya crisis, recognizing that the coup leaders are many of the same individuals responsible for previous human rights abuses, including atrocities against Rohingya.
“The United States is committed to promoting peace, security, and respect for the human rights and human dignity of all people in Burma, including Rohingya,” he concluded.