UNHCR, King Salman Centre to provide emergency assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) have signed a US$3 million agreement to provide emergency assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of KSRelief, and Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR Regional Representative to the GCC Countries, during a field visit to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The aid will help secure much-needed emergency assistance for the refugees.

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah commented to the media that “since its establishment back in 2015, KSRelief has continued the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s long history of providing humanitarian assistance, and has closely cooperated with UNHCR by contributing US$45 million to date in response to a number of major displacement situations.”

He added that “following the issuance of the Royal Directives to allocate US$20 million in response to the most recent Rohingya crisis, KSRelief has initiated a number of key projects and has worked closely in coordination with UNHCR and the Government of Bangladesh to attend to the most urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees.”

Since 25th August 2017, over 671,300 Rohingya, have been forced to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine State to seek sanctuary in Bangladesh. The arrivals have joined some 212,500 Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar that had fled in earlier waves of displacement. The generous contribution will benefit some 17,000 households with Core Relief Items and shelter kits. The agreement signifies the wider strategic partnership between UNHCR and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia demonstrating the government’s commitment to alleviating the plight of refugees globally.

“UNHCR appreciates KSRelief’s kind and timely contribution particularly in light of the pressing need for emergency assistance for thousands of Rohingya refugees who have arrived to Bangladesh in search of refuge and safety. Support from our partners is needed now more than ever,” said Khaled Khalifa, Regional Representative of UNHCR to the GCC countries. “With the rainy season a few weeks away, we are working around the clock to avoid a catastrophe that could threaten thousands of Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh,” he added.

It is estimated that nearly 150,000 refugees are living in areas that are at high risk of floods and/or landslides. UNHCR and partners are accelerating their efforts to relocate these families to safer parts of the settlements and distribute shelter kits ahead of the rainy season.

Source: Emirates News Agency