US to continue partnership with Bangladesh to address Rohingya crisis

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on 25 August 2019. Photo: AFPThe United States has said it will continue partnership with the government of Bangladesh and its international organisation and non-governmental organisation partners to address the Rohingya crisis in ways that uphold humanitarian principles while benefiting all people in Cox’s Bazar.

US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller visited Cox’s Bazar on 13-15 September and during his trip, he met organisations providing assistance to Rohingyas and communities hosting the Rohingyas.

The United States is the world’s leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis, having provided nearly $ 542 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017; and, is committed to continuing to help those affected by the crisis, said the US embassy in Dhaka on Monday.

US assistance supports Bangladeshi communities in Cox’s Bazar and the assistance helps improve the lives of Bangladeshis in host communities by expanding access to healthcare and enhancing economic and education opportunities, it said.

US assistance also supports humanitarian organisations and the government of Bangladesh in improving preparedness, infrastructure, and shelter for monsoon and cyclone seasons, the embassy added.

This funding is in addition to the more than $ 7 billion in US development assistance provided to Bangladesh since 1971.

In 2018 alone, the US government, through USAID, for example, provided over $ 219 million to improve the lives of people across Bangladesh through programmes that increase food security and economic opportunity, improve access to education and healthcare, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and boost resiliency to climate change.

The United States said it recognises the challenges the Rohingya crisis has posed for local communities and the government of Bangladesh.

The generosity of the people and government of Bangladesh in opening their hearts and borders to vulnerable Rohingyas is an example to the world, said the US embassy. 

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