On the launch of the 2022 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Disaster in Bangladesh, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas introduced greater than $152 million in further humanitarian help for these in Bangladesh, Burma, and elsewhere within the area affected by the Burmese army’s genocide, crimes in opposition to humanity, and ethnic cleaning in opposition to Rohingya. With this new funding, our whole help for this response reaches greater than $1.7 billion since August 2017, when over 740,000 Rohingya have been compelled to flee to security in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This announcement demonstrates our solidarity with Rohingya and the beneficiant communities internet hosting them in addition to our ongoing dedication to strengthening the worldwide response to the Rohingya disaster and the escalating violence in Burma.
The humanitarian help contains almost $51 million from the State Division’s Bureau of Inhabitants, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and greater than $101 million from the U.S. Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID). With greater than $125 million for packages particularly in Bangladesh, this funding will allow our humanitarian companions to offer life-saving help to the over 920,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. It additionally supplies assist to greater than 540,000 affected members of the native host group in Bangladesh. This help helps guarantee kids and younger adults have entry to training and vocational coaching, supplies households with meals, healthcare, entry to wash water and sanitation to stop the unfold of illness, helps the safety of Rohingya refugees’ human rights and well-being, strengthens catastrophe preparedness, and helps fight the consequences of local weather change. We commend our humanitarian companions for a powerful and well-coordinated response as this disaster approaches its fifth yr.
The US acknowledges that Bangladesh and its individuals have taken on an unlimited duty in internet hosting refugees. We’re working with the Authorities of Bangladesh, Rohingya, and folks inside Burma towards discovering options to this disaster, together with the protected, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return and reintegration of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced individuals when situations in Burma permit. Secretary Blinken has decided that members of the Burmese army dedicated genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity in opposition to Rohingya, and that a lot of these answerable for these atrocities are the identical individuals who led the army coup in 2021 and ongoing violence throughout Burma. We’re relentlessly pressuring Burma’s army regime to cease its violence and return to the trail of democracy. On the similar time, we additionally should develop training and livelihood alternatives, together with cash-for-work packages and entry to native markets, for Rohingya refugees within the area. Training and income-generating actions are among the many handiest strategies to create safer refugee camps in Bangladesh.
The US stays dedicated to delivering assist to Rohingya, and we welcome the beneficiant pledges made by different donors at at this time’s occasion. Nonetheless, extra assist is desperately wanted. We urge different donors to come back ahead now with further funds to maintain and enhance assist for the Rakhine State/Rohingya refugee disaster and people affected by the escalating violence perpetrated by the genocidal army in Burma at this time.