The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing another $87 million in humanitarian aid to support the Rohingya refugee and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. This information was informed in a press release sent by the US Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.
“Through this new funding, USAID will work with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, as well as infrastructure maintenance, disaster risk reduction, and self-reliance and livelihood support,” the release said.
This additional funding, along with contributions from other donors, will enable WFP to collect food rations for the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the release said.
Food and nutrition assistance includes electronic vouchers for food at designated distribution points, assistance in feeding programs for malnourished children aged six months to five years, and pregnant and lactating women. Also through infrastructure maintenance and disaster risk reduction programming, WFP will work with communities to maintain and develop camp infrastructure.
Incidentally, the United States has provided the most humanitarian aid to the Rohingya crisis so far. Since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, the United States has provided approximately $2.4 billion, including approximately $1.9 billion to aid Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers in Bangladesh.