Dhaka, September 9: The Danish government has allocated Taka 256 million to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for relief efforts for the newly-arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who fled violence in Myanmar.“I am very concerned about the situation in Rakhine and I condemn any violence against civilians. I strongly urge the involved parties to ensure protection of Rohingyas as well as other civilians and appeal to ensure humanitarian access to the thousands of people that need urgent assistance,” Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tornaes, said in an official statement.
“Denmark stands ready with immediate financial support when our international humanitarian partners can provide assistance to all indigent people in Rakhine. Meanwhile, we are strengthening our support to the refugees in Bangladesh. The efforts from Bangladeshi authorities have been crucial in supporting the stranded refugees,” she added.
The Danish contribution will go through WFP and United Nations refugee agency – UNHCR — which Denmark has a very strong and close cooperation with and which is implementing crucial and important activities in the affected areas.
In June, Denmark contributed with Taka 3.6 million to IOM for disaster relief of Rohingya settlements near Cox’s Bazar in the wake of Cyclone Mora.