DHAKA, Bangladesh - In a bid to help up to 1.2 million people, the Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh, humanitarian organizations have said that they need $434 million over the next six months.
They have said that the funds are needed to help up to 1.2 million people, most of them children, in dire need of life-saving assistance.
According to estimates drawn out, there are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar.
Since August 25, more than half a million of them have arrived to join 300,000 Rohingya who are already there.
William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration, which is coordinating the aid effort said, “Unless we support the efforts of the Bangladesh government to provide immediate aid to the half million people who have arrived over the past month, many of the most vulnerable – women, children and the elderly – will die. They will be the victims of neglect.”
Since the attacks by Rohingya militants in August triggered a sweeping Myanmar military offensive, about 509,000 Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh.
The United Nations has branded the offensive as ethnic cleansing but Myanmar has rejected the accusations.
It has argued that its forces are fighting insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) who claimed responsibility for attacks on about 30 police posts and an army camp on August 25.
Robert Watkins, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, said in a statement that the agencies’ plan for help over the next six months factors in the possibility of another 91,000 refugees arriving, as the influx continues.
He added, “The plan targets 1.2 million people, including all Rohingya refugees, and 300,000 Bangladeshi host communities over the next six months.”
The aid agencies have said that half a million people need food while 100,000 emergency shelters are required.
Adding that more than half the refugees are children, while 24,000 pregnant women need maternity care.