WFP’s plan to cut food aid for Rohingya refugees raises alarm bells | Rohingya News

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Experts say cuts caused by acute funding shortages could be “devastating” for hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh’s camps.

The World Food Program (WFP)’s plan to cut food aid to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh is on alarm as it is severely underfunded.

The UN’s food agency, WFP, has said it will have to cut rations to refugees next month due to lack of funds.

The UN WFP has warned that more cuts will be needed without new funding by April, and from 1 March monthly allowances will be cut by 17% to $10 per person.

The agency is suing for $125 million in funding.

“If these cuts are made, they will be imposed on vulnerable people who are already food insecure,” said Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on Food Insecurity and the UN Special Report on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar. Rapporteur Tom Andrews said. Joint statement on Thursday.

The statement noted that camps in Bangladesh already had high levels of malnutrition, with some 750,000 Rohingya, mostly Muslims, displaced in 2017. brutal military crackdown in my home country Myanmar. More than a third of the children there are stunted and underweight, the experts added.

“Refugees continue to rely almost entirely on this assistance for their nutritional needs, so the impact of these cuts will be immediate and long-lasting,” said UN experts.

Deprivation in overcrowded camps has already contributed to the occurrence of child labor and marriage among Rohingya, according to experts, with some Perilous weeks of journey by boat Cross the Andaman Sea in hopes of finding a better life in Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond. The latest boat carrying 69 Rohingya, including children, arrived in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Thursday.

The international NGO Save the Children says international donors “must not turn their backs” on the Rohingya.

“Rohingya children and their families have reached their limits and need more, not less,” said Onno Van Manen, country director of Save the Children in Bangladesh. rice field. “More than five years after the arrival of 750,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar, we are hearing reports of hunger and malnutrition, as well as rising rates of child marriage and child labor. With few opportunities to work and families increasingly endangered, they go to sea in search of a life outside the refugee camps.”

Myanmar faces a genocide trial at the International Court of Justice over its 2017 crackdown.

A United Nations study published the following year found that the militaryintent to slaughter‘ and recommended the prosecution of Supreme Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing and five other generals.

Led by Min Aung Hlaing a coup against an elected government Aung San Suu Kyi’s war in February 2021 triggered what some UN experts considered a civil war.

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