The Danish government has contributed an additional 16 million Danish kronor (US$ 2.35 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help meet the urgent food needs of forcibly displaced Rohingyas and the host community in Cox’s Bazar, reports BSS.
“Denmark highly appreciates the generosity of the government of Bangladesh during this humanitarian crisis and acknowledges the huge burden this places on the host country. Denmark is committed to continuing its support to the Bangladesh government, Rohingya people, and the host community” said Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Winnie Estrup Petersen.
The envoy also said she is impressed by WFP’s efforts to ensure vital food assistance to such a large population in a challenging environment, a WFP press release said. “Among the 9 lakh or so Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar, 80 percent of them are entirely dependent on WFP’s food assistance to survive. This timely funding from the Danish government will help us support the most vulnerable children and women living in the camps,” said WFP Representative to Bangladesh Richard Ragan.
“This funding will also contribute to the livelihoods of people from the host community through our livelihoods programme which empowers the women of Cox’s Bazar by providing cash grants and entrepreneurial training so they can start their own businesses,” the WFP official said.
Cox’s Bazar has been one of WFP’s largest operations in Asia since August 2017 when more than 745,000 Rohingya people began fleeing violence in Myanmar. They joined almost 200,000 Rohingyas who were already living in Cox’s Bazar having fled previously. The total Danish contribution to this crisis since August 2017 amounts to 338 million DKK (about US$ 52 million) and the Danish government was one of the first donors to support WFP in meeting the urgent humanitarian needs of the forcibly displaced population. The remarkable Danish contribution enabled WFP to support emergency malnutrition treatment and prevention programmes, provided life-saving food assistance, and assisted children with locally- produced micronutrient fortified biscuits in learning centres in the camps, the release said.