US offers $44 million more for displaced Rohingyas

Mohammad Zainal Abedin in NY
New York, May 16 – America has come forward with a welcome humanitarian assistance for displaced Rohingyas many of whom took refuge in Bangladesh to escape genocide. An announcement issued on May 15 by the office of Press Relations of USAID (United States Agency for International Development) said, the United States announced more than $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people affected by violence and conflict in Burma. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $299 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.
The press release said, since last August (of 2017), nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in Burma’s Rakhine State and crossed the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, a District that already was hosting several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees. In addition, 8.3 million people in Burma live in areas affected by conflict, not only in Rakhine State, but throughout the country. This conflict, and the ensuing displacement of people, has created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
It said, world’s largest humanitarian donor, the United States is actively responding to urgent needs on both sides of the Burma-Bangladesh border.
The press release said, with this new investment, the United States will provide Bangladesh emergency food assistance for refugees in and around Cox’s Bazar. This includes emergency food for general distribution, specialized foods to treat acute malnutrition, and vouchers so refugees can buy food in local markets, where available.
This assistance will also provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, shelter, medical care, and other critical aid for millions of people still in Burma, but affected by the ongoing conflicts in Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin States.