UK to assist Rohingya refugees with additional $16m

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FILE PHOTO: Nearly 65,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since October [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

The UK will allocate an additional 16 million dollars to assist Rohingya refugees, who have been forced to leave Myanmar for the neighbouring Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar.

UK International Development Department said in a press release Monday: “today’s announcement of £12 million for the Rohingya crisis is providing urgently needed food now and ensuring more lives are not put at risk when international funding starts to run out in February 2018.”

The extra financial assistance was announced by UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt during her visit to Cox’s Bazar.

“Global funding to support the Rohingya people will only meet urgent needs for the next 100 days – we cannot turn our backs on those trapped in crisis,”…

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