Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: The UK has pledged fresh humanitarian support for the Rohingya people living in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
The support comes ahead of the looming cyclone and monsoon season, alongside help to vaccinate almost one million people against deadly cholera.
Conditions in the huge camps near the Burmese border are set to become more life-threatening in the coming weeks as the rainy season begins, which could wash away the fragile and cramped makeshift shelters that are exposed to the elements and cause fatal diseases to spread more rapidly.
From the onset of the crisis the UK has been a leading donor, and yesterday’s announcement of an additional £70 million of humanitarian support will help ensure hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya people who have fled neighbouring Burma will be better protected during this dangerous time.
UK aid is providing medication, sturdier shelters, food, clean water and support for women to give birth safely. It is also helping to support a large vaccination campaign against cholera in and around the Cox’s Bazar camps that will benefit almost a million people – made up of both Rohingya families and Bangladeshis living near the camps – which is close in size to the population of Birmingham.
The UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said, ‘The scale of this crisis is growing daily. With the devastating cyclone and monsoon season looming, even more lives could be lost, landslides could wipe out shelters and fatal diseases could spread.’