Rohingya Crisis: EU allocates €39 million for the most vulnerable to Bangladesh and Myanmar

Daily News 23/02/2021


Economy - published on 24 February 2021


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Source: European Commission

Brussels, Tuesday 23rd February 2021.

The European Commission has announced today €39 million in humanitarian aid to address the needs of displaced and conflict-affected communities in Bangladesh and Myanmar, in particular in the
context of the pressing Rohingya refugee crisis, which has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: The recent
military overthrow of the legitimate government in Myanmar risks worsening the already dire humanitarian crisis faced by displaced and conflict-affected populations. The EU will continue to
provide strong humanitarian aid support directly to the most vulnerable population. In Bangladesh, the COVID-19 crisis is aggravating the already difficult conditions experienced by almost one
million Rohingya refugees in camps and for host communities. In both countries, recurrent natural hazards further increase vulnerabilities. In this this challenging time, the EU is
stepping up its long-standing humanitarian assistance to those most in need. Humanitarian organisations working in Bangladesh and Myanmar will receive €24.5 million and €11.5 million
respectively to respond to key humanitarian and disaster preparedness needs. An additional €3 million will address vital protection needs of stateless Rohingya in other countries of the region.
The newly announced emergency support will help EU humanitarian partners deliver food, nutrition, shelter, and essential health, water, and sanitation services to the most vulnerable and hard to
reach populations, while continuing to sustain education and protection.

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