Keeping in mind to help vulnerable group people continue their works in this troubled time, the German government provides 4.5 million US dollar to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support forcibly displaced Rohingyas and Bangladesh host communities in Cox’s Bazar.
“This lifesaving assistance is particularly important now with the ongoing pandemic and heavy monsoon rains, both of which are posing great risks to vulnerable families,” said Md. Mohsin, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.
The entire population of the 859,000 Rohingyas living across the camps in Cox’s Bazar, one of the poorest districts of Bangladesh, rely on WFP for food, a WFP’s press release said here today.
In addition, WFP provides nutrition and livelihoods support to the host communities in order to improve their long-term food security outlook.
“As a longstanding partner to the Government of Bangladesh and WFP, we are pleased to know that our contribution is helping humanitarian workers in the frontline continue their lifesaving work for some of the most vulnerable people during such trying times,” said German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz.
Through the German Federal Foreign Office, the new funding support from Germany will also go towards telecommunications services in support of the work of the wider humanitarian community.
“At a time when COVID-19 is exacerbating inequalities and severely impacting communities in Bangladesh and also around the world, we are especially grateful for such an act of solidarity and generosity from Germany,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Director in Bangladesh.
With this latest contribution, Germany has provided WFP Bangladesh with a total of USD 30 million since the onset of the Rohingya refugee crisis in 2017, said the release.