UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the China’s US$1.5 million contribution to improve hy-giene 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, an UNHCR press release said yesterday.
“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 col-laborate to provide these kits. Chinese funding will ensure the provision of some items, including bath-ing and laundry soaps as well as buckets.