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S. Korea to provide $300,000 to support Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar

Rohingya refugees stranded at sea are seen on a boat near the coast of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, recently. AFP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

DHAKA, Nov 5, 2020, Dhaka Tribune. South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun has announced a new contribution of $300,000 to WFP Bangladesh to support its operations that provide food assistance to 860,000 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps, Dhaka Tribune reported.

WFP assists 100% of the Rohingya population across 34 formally established camps where they remain reliant on food assistance to meet their basic needs.

Additionally, WFP provides nutrition, engineering, school feeding, and self-reliance or livelihood training in the Rohingya camps and surrounding host communities.

“We are grateful to donors like the Republic of Korea who continue to support us in assisting the Rohingya refugees who remain entirely dependent on external support,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Director in Bangladesh on Wednesday.

This latest contribution is in addition to $500,000 of humanitarian funding provided to WFP for it’s General Food Assistance programme for the Rohingya response in 2018.

“Korea is actively engaged in international efforts to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, in particular, through WFP,” said Ambassador Lee Jang-keun.

“The Government of Korea hopes this contribution will help not only the refugees in Cox’s Bazar but also the Bangladesh local community hosting the refugees.”

The government of the Republic of Korea has been supporting WFP Bangladesh for its disaster risk reduction programme since 2013.

WFP with Korea’s multi-year support through KOICA, supported rural communities whose lives and livelihoods are affected by extreme poverty and the effects of climate change in Sirajganj district during 2013-2015.

Since 2018, the Republic of Korea has contributed over $5,000,000 to WFP in Bangladesh, including US$ 4.6 million for a four-year disaster resilience project in Kurigram district which has been critical to supporting vulnerable families affected by this year’s record-breaking floods.

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