UNHCR welcomes China's support for Rohingya women in Bangladesh
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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the China's US$1.5 million contribution to improve hygiene services of Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
Over 60,000 Rohingya women and girls, between 12 and 50 years old, will benefit from the support through China's assistance body, the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) until 2025, said an UNHCR press release here today.
"This generous support from China comes at a crucial time, as we are into the seventh year of the current Rohingya refugee crisis," said Sumbul Rizvi, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh.
Forcefully displaced Rohingya women and girls have been receiving two hygiene kits each year. The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) will partner with the UNHCR to ensure over 250,000 kits under China's grant support will reach the Rohingya women.
"China assumes its responsibility as a major country and provides assistance to help the displaced people improve living conditions. We look forward to undertaking more initiatives with UNHCR in future. The long-term solution to the crisis, however, lies in repatriation of the displaced people to Myanmar," said Yao Wen, ambassador of China to Bangladesh.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Chinese government will collaborate to provide these kits. Chinese funding will ensure the provision of some items, including bathing and laundry soaps as well as buckets.
Over 200 women in Cox's Bazar, from the refugee and Bangladeshi host communities will work to produce the remaining items for the hygiene kits.
It allows them to put their skills to use for their community while also gaining an opportunity for limited self-reliance and livelihoods to support themselves.
"Refugee women we talk to have highlighted the value of such kits, which they say are essential, and welcome the quality of the items produced by women within their own community," said Rizvi.
UNHCR continues to work closely with women and the authorities in Bangladesh to improve living conditions while the offer of humanitarian assistance by countries, including China, is greatly needed to support the Government of Bangladesh in its humanitarian effort to respond to the Rohingya refugee situation, the release added.
In 2023, humanitarian agencies have appealed for more than US$876 million to support almost 1.5 million people, including 960,000 Rohingya refugees and 495,000 Bangladeshis in neighbouring communities.
By early December 2023, the Joint Response Plan was approximately 50 per cent funded.