Dhaka, Bangladesh
US pledges $32m for Rohingya refugees

US pledges $32m for Rohingya refugees

Int'l aids pouring in

The United States will provide nearly $32 million for humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims displaced by sectarian violence in Myanmar, report agencies. The announcement by the State Department comes a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she did not expect US President Donald Trump to help her with the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have escaped to Bangladesh. The money aid would address the need of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as well as those internally displaced in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, said a statement on Wednesday. The new funding brings US humanitarian aid for refugees and displaced persons to nearly $95 million in the current fiscal. "It reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people." Earlier, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud set up $15 million fund for Rohingya Muslim. A spokesperson for the kingdom said it was sending a specialised team for an urgent assessment of refugee camps in Bangladesh. South Korea also pledged $1.5 to be disbursed for emergency relief operation through the International Organization for Migration or IOM. Over 400,000 of the stateless Muslim minorities have arrived in Bangladesh to escape a violent army operation in northern Rakhine. They have been living in makeshift camps in Cox's Bazar, a southeast district that had already been housing approximately 400,000 Rohingya Muslims from past violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar Saudi King Salman has ordered payment of $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees fleeing atrocities unleashed on them by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State. Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, general supervisor of Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, told Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, which was briefed on the situation in Myanmar, said a report of The Arab News. The Saudi Cabinet renewed the Kingdom's calls on the international community to take urgent action to stop the attacks and to allow the Myanmar Muslim minority their basic human rights. Rohingya Muslims have lived in Myanmar for generations, but have recently been forced to flee as they are attacked in their homes, following a succession of attacks carried out by Muslim militants in August. Security forces and allied mobs carried out retaliation attacks, burning down the homes of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, forcing 417,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, said the report. The Republic of Korea will provide $1.5m humanitarian aid as part of emergency relief operation for the Rohingya people, who took shelter in Bangladesh following persecution by Myanmar army in Rakhine state. The donation will be given through International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on behalf of Korean government, Korean ambassador to Bangladesh Ahn Seong-doo said here on Wednesday. The envoy hoped that the assistance would contribute to lessening the suffering of refugees who recently fled in the wake of the latest violence in the Rakhine state and improving their living conditions, said a Korean embassy press release. It, however, said the Republic of Korea has expressed deep concerns over the latest violence in the Rahkine state and the ensuing influx of refugees into Bangladesh. The Republic of Korea has also made clear its support for all the international efforts, including Bangladesh's, to help the refugees. It said the Korean government would continue to closely cooperate with the international community, including Bangladesh and the Myanmar government, to solve the issue.

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