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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Aid for Rohingya refugees finally arrives in Bangladesh

A cargo plane bearing 100 tons of supplies arrived in the south Asian nation’s capital Dhaka

The Balukhali makeshift settlement for Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh. Patrick Brown/UNICEF
The Balukhali makeshift settlement for Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh. Patrick Brown/UNICEF

Urgently needed supplies for the thousands of Rohingya refugees who have been fleeing persecution in Myanmar have finally arrived in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, sent by UNICEF.

A cargo plane bearing 100 tons of supplies comprising water purifying tablets, family hygiene kits, sanitary materials, plastic tarpaulins, recreational kits for children and other items arrived on Sunday from Copenhagen.

The supplies will provide urgently needed assistance to the estimated quarter of a million Rohingya child refugees who are among the 429,000 people to have fled across the border from neighbouring Myanmar in recent weeks. The refugees are now living in desperate conditions in southern Bangladesh.

“Ensuring that children and families have safe water for drinking and washing is absolutely essential in order to protect them against diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh. “This is a very real threat given the current situation in the camps and makeshift settlements where the Rohingya are now living, especially amid the current heavy rains.”

Other consignments – consisting of school bags, tents, early childhood development kits, family hygiene and dignity kits, tarpaulin and nutrition materials – are also on their way to Bangladesh.

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The supplies will be delivered by truck to the southern city of Cox’s Bazar, where an expanding international response is mobilising to address the plight of the growing number of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh.

UNICEF is seeking US$ 7.3 million in additional funding for its work in southern Bangladesh over the next three months, but additional funds will be necessary as the refugee population continues to grow.