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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

UK announces more aid for Rohingya Muslims

International aid money will start to run out by February, warns minister

Britain joined the UN in warning about the safety of Rohingya Muslim refugees when they return to Myanmar AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES
Britain joined the UN in warning about the safety of Rohingya Muslim refugees when they return to Myanmar AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

Britain has announced £12 million of extra UK aid to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Burma.

An estimated 620,000 men, women and children have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military in their native state of Rakhine.

The British government estimates that international funding for the crisis will start to run out by February. The extra money will bring the UK’s total support to £59 million since August this year and will be spent on food, clean water and improved sanitation.

"While every refugee expressed the desire to return home I have made it clear to prime minister Sheikh Hasina that any returns must be voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable,” said Penny Mordaunt, a minister in charge of the UK’s aid programme, following a visit to Bangladesh.