Rohingya crisis: EU allocates €31 million for Bangladesh and Myanmar

The European Commission is releasing €31 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. “The Rohingya crisis is now in its third year. It is more important than ever to maintain our support and not forget those that remain dependent on humanitarian aid to survive. The EU is committed to supporting both refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, as well as to the vulnerable Rohingya in Myanmar. It will ensure that those most in need continue to receive life-saving assistance, while being protected from the effects of flood and other hazards”, said Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič. Out of the funding announced today, €18.5 million will help the most vulnerable groups among refugees and host communities in Bangladesh.This will be done by providing criticalhealth care, food assistance and education in emergencies. Another €3.5 million will go towards building the local communities’ capacities to prepare for and manage natural disasters. In Myanmar, €6.5 million will focus on helping communities in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states by providing health care, nutrition, education and shelter. Protection is also at the core of this support, with a specific focus on registration and documentation. Another €2.5 million will boost the local preparedness system in case of conflict or natural disasters. The full press release is available online.