UN seeks US $ 920 M for Rohingya crisis in 2019

DHAKA, Feb 15, 2019 : United Nations (UN) aid agencies and NGO partners today made an appeal to get 920 million US dollars to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities for 2019.

They made the appeal together by launching 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, said a joint press release of UNHCR and IOM, released from Geneva.

“The solidarity shown by the Government of Bangladesh and the commitment of humanitarian partners ensured the successful implementation of the first Joint Response Plan in 2018,” said International Organization for Migration Director General Antonio Vitorino.

Moving forward, he said “we reiterate our commitment to meeting the dire needs of this population and urge the international community to support these efforts.”

Critical aid and services such as food, water, sanitation and shelter
represent more than half of the funding needs this year. Other key sectors of the appeal include health, site management, protection activities including child protection and addressing sexual and gender-based violence, education and nutrition, said the release.

More than 745,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh since August 2017, escaping violence in Myanmar and joining roughly 200,000 others already displaced in the Cox’s Bazar area by previous cycles of violence, it mentioned.

“Our humanitarian imperative today is to stabilise the situation of
stateless Rohingya refugees and their Bangladesh hosts. We are hoping for timely, predictable and flexible contributions in order to meet the goals of this year’s appeal,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

He said “But while we tackle these immediate humanitarian needs we must not lose sight of solutions. I repeat my call to Myanmar to take urgent action to address the root causes of this crisis which have persisted for decades, so that people are no longer forced to flee and can eventually return home in safety and dignity.”

Grandi encourages countries in this region and beyond to show solidarity with Bangladesh and to support Myanmar to start creating conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees.

The new JRP sets out a comprehensive humanitarian effort shaped around three strategic objectives. By bringing together 132 partners – UN agencies, international and national NGOs and government bodies in a collective effort – the plan aims to deliver protection to refugee women, men, girls and boys, provide life-saving assistance and foster social cohesion.

The 2019 JRP is the third joint humanitarian appeal and builds on
achievements made thus far in order to further stabilize the situation of Rohingya refugees.

The 2018 JRP was funded at 69 per cent, or US $ 655 million received against US$ 950 million requested, said the release.