The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has restated its commitment to providing food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, according to a media released issued in Rome, Italy Wednesday, Agencies report.
“WFP has been there from day one of this crisis, nearly six months ago, giving food to those who lost everything and fled for their lives. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our donors, or without the support of the Government of Bangladesh,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, in Rome on Monday, Beasley thanked her government for its support to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, said the release received here yesterday.
He added that WFP would continue to help the Rohingya refugees and work with the government of Bangladesh. Beasley also expressed optimism that the donor community would continue to support the work of organizations such as WFP and help the Rohingya as long as the need remained.
As many as 726,600 refugees have benefitted from WFP’s latest round of food distributions; some 113,000 women and young children have received special nutritious food.
A further 90,000 people are enrolled in WFP’s e-voucher programmes, which enables them to shop for food in designated local stores. WFP needs US$27.3 million every month to carry out its work in Cox’s Bazar.
WFP is grateful for contributions from Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Union (ECHO), Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Thailand, the UK, the USA and private and corporate donors.