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EU Humanitarian Chief appeals for access to Rohingya and other affected communities

Beneficiaries receiving cooking oil in Myanmar © EU EC/ECHO Bangkok
09/08/2012  - 

Around 40 000 unregistered Rohingya refugees – a Muslim population from the Arakan region of from Myanmar/Burma – have been receiving life-saving assistance in two makeshift camps in Bangladesh for some years from three international NGOs funded by the European Commission. In spite of the recent violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, the population of these camps has remained stable.

However, the authorities in Dhaka have now asked the three international NGOs, who also assist the local Bangladeshi population to cease their humanitarian activities.

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, expressed her deep concern about this decision and the Rohingyas’ situation, as well as that of other vulnerable people affected by these events.

‘I strongly appeal to the Government of Bangladesh to act responsibly and offer a helping hand to all those in need and to allow humanitarian aid organisations to do their work for the benefit of all communities.’

Commissioner Georgieva also emphasised the need to create acceptable conditions for the delivery of humanitarian aid in Rakhine State in Myanmar.

The European Commission, through its humanitarian and civil protection department ECHO, has allocated €10 million in 2012, benefiting both Rohingyas and other communities in need in Bangladesh and Myanmar.