Aid for Rohingya refugees

Written By: James Douglas
Published: November 30, 2017 Last modified: December 4, 2017

An extra £12m of UK aid will be sent to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the money will be spent on drinking water, food, latrines, shelters, soap, cooking utensils and water cans.

Violence in the Rakhine state of the country has forced more than 620,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The extra cash brings the UK’s support for the Rohingya to £59m since August but it is estimated that international funding for the crisis will start to run out by February next year, unless other countries pledge longer-term support.

On a visit to Bangladesh, Ms Mordaunt met refugees living in camps in the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar.

She said: “This looks like ethnic cleansing. The Burmese military must end this inhumane violence and guarantee unrestricted humanitarian access so aid can reach those in need in Burma. Any return of families to their homes must be safe, voluntary and dignified.”