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Denmark supports refugees from Myanmar with BDT 256 million

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Photo: Muhammad Mohiuddin/World Food Programme

The Danish Government has allocated BDT 256 million to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to the relief efforts for the newly-arrived Rohingya refugees coming to Bangladesh from Myanmar.

During the last weeks more than 150,000 people have escaped to Bangladesh following extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. UN expects that the number will increase to 240,000 shortly.

 The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tornaes, states:

 “I am very concerned about the situation in Rakhine and I condemn any violence against civilians. I strongly urge the involved parties to ensure protection of Rohingyas as well as other civilians and appeals to ensuring humanitarian access to the thousands of people that need urgent assistance. Denmark stands ready with immediate financial support when our international humanitarian partners can provide assistance to all indigent people in Rakhine. Meanwhile, we are strengthening our support to the refugees in Bangladesh. The efforts from Bangladeshi authorities have been crucial in supporting the stranded refugees”

The Danish contribution will go through WFP and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which Denmark has a very strong and close cooperation with and which are implementing crucial and important activities in the affected areas. 

In June, Denmark contributed with BDT 3.6 million to IOM for disaster relief of Rohingya settlements near Cox's Bazar in the wake of Cyclone Mora.

 For more information, please contact:

Andreas Malmos Rasmussen, Communication Officer, Royal Danish Embassy

01711543340 / anmara@um.dk