UAE raises US $18m fund for Rohingyas

:: Peoples Time Online ::

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 nvarious platforms including social media and thousands of individuals and charities, a press release of the UAE Embassy in Dhaka said today.

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 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.

Peoples Time/jj

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