The United Nations and international NGO partners have launched a Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis worth $951 million appeal to help with the urgent needs for survival of more than 9,00,000 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.

The stateless Rohingya refugees who fled from their homeland in Myanmar after ethnic cleansing drives conducted by the Burmese military – took refuge in neighbouring country of Bangladesh. While Bangladesh generously opened the doors for Rohingya refugees, lakhs and lakhs of families flocking in the tiny country has caused major humanitarian crisis in the host nation. Taking account of the situation, the United Nations agencies and NGO partners announced at Geneva on Friday that they are planning for a 2018 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis worth $951 million appeal which will help 9,00,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The Joint Response Plan is the UN’s effort to engage the international community to meet the humanitarian needs for the over one million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh for the period of March-December 2018. For this, countries including Canada, Sweden, Thailand, US, Australia, EU, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Korea, Denmark, UK, Norway, Turkey and Brazil have joined hands with NGO organisations like OIC, WFP, UNICEF, OHCHR, World Bank, WHO, UNFPA, FAO and IOM. The UN also said that the Appeal will also be applied to more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis who are among the communities hosting the Rohingya refugees and are in similar circumstances.

During the announcement, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, “We are talking about truly critical needs here both on the part of the Bangladeshi communities who have so generously opened their doors, and of a stateless and refugee population that even prior to this crisis was among the world’s most marginalised and at risk.” So the goal of the $951 billion appeal is to develop environmentally sustainable solutions, confidence-building and resilience of affected populations until the end of 2018. It also includes contingency planning for 80,000 more Rohingya refugees who need 16 million litres of safe water every day, 12,200 metric tons of food and also meals for a month.

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