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UAE raises $18m fund for Rohingyas

Published : 10 Jun 2019 08:52 PM | Updated : 03 Sep 2020 08:56 PM

Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has collected more than 18 million US Dollars fund in a weeklong campaign to support the forcefully displaced Rohingya people sheltered in Bangladesh. The nationwide campaign carried out last week of May amassed the fund from various platforms including social media and thousands of individuals and charities, a press release of the UAE Embassy in Dhaka said on Monday, reports BSS.

The ERC launched the campaign, supported by all the UAE leaders, under the directives of its President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“So far, in Bangladesh, more than one million Rohingyas have sheltered here. We need to benefit all of them especially the women and children. This time, our government decided to let the UAE people participate in helping Rohingya Muslim brothers and generate their donations” said UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh Saed Mohammed AL Mheiri.

From the beginning of the Rohingya crisis, UAE has extended its supports to emergency relief for food, shelter, health to Rohingya women and children in Bangladesh. “We feel proud that the UAE was the first country which started humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh for Rohingya people and carried out a number of projects for the benefits of children and women in collaboration with the UNHCR,” the UAE ambassador said.

The UAE is also managing health services for the Rohingya people in Bangladesh through the UAE-Bangladesh Volunteer Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar as it is the first Arab country to run a field hospital for the Rohingyas, said the release. A Malaysian-Saudi-Emirati field hospital with the UAE donated modern equipment was also set up in Cox’s Bazar in the beginning of 2018.

The UAE also launched a project which is supervised by the ERC and several Emirati donors to dig 100 wells to provide clean water in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. Moreover, UAE donated $2m to help address malnutrition among young Rohingya and their mothers. The embassy of UAE in Dhaka is closely monitoring all relief activities operated by different UAE organizations from the very beginning of the Rohingya crisis, said the release.