The United Kingdom has released $10 million in funding to the United Nations to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The UN’s World Food Program in Bangladesh welcomed the new contribution from the UK’s Department for International Development. The funds will provide life-saving assistance to around 270,600 Rohingya refugees over three months.
The UN said refugees can now buy a variety of food items from World Food Program outlets across the camps. It said Rohingya families will receive $9 per person, per month to spend at e-voucher outlets.
In another breakthrough for the persecuted Rohingya minority, the Bangladesh government granted access to education to Rohingya children on Wednesday.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister said that the country will provide education to Rohingya children because Dhaka does not want a “lost generation”. He said the children will follow the Myanmar curricula.
Bangladesh’s decision was appreciated by the United Nations, which said that the decision shows “commitment by the government of Bangladesh to ensure access to learning for Rohingya children and adolescents”.
Amnesty International says over 750,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh.