Over nine lakh Rohingya Muslim refugees living in Bangladesh camps facing funding challenge: report

  • Over nine lakhs of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in the camps in Bangladesh are facing yet another year of uncertainty as funding continues to be a major challenge for the authorities

  • The situation is such that three quarters of 2019 have already elapsed with only 35 percent of the required $920 million made available

  • The shortage of funding has caused some of the key sectors like health, protection, nutrition, and site management, remain severely underfunded, putting the lives of the Rohingyas in danger

Dhaka: Over nine lakhs of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in the camps in Bangladesh are facing yet another year of uncertainty as funding continues to be a major challenge for the authorities, a media report said on Monday.

The situation is such that three quarters of 2019 have already elapsed with only 35 percent of the required $920 million made available, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

The shortage of funding has caused some of the key sectors like health, protection, nutrition, and site management, remain severely underfunded, putting the lives of the Rohingyas in danger.

Over 9,00,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in camps in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

 Over nine lakh Rohingya Muslim refugees living in Bangladesh camps facing funding challenge: report

Representational image of Rohingya Muslims. AP

Myanmar has faced international pressure to allow the Rohingya to return to Rakhine and grant them citizenship rights.

On February 15, a Joint Response Plan (JPR) for 2019 was launched in Geneva, seeking $920.5 million to cover expenses for the period between January and December 2019.

About 69 percent of the $950 million sought in JRP 2018 was met, while around 64 percent of the $434 million sought under JRP 2017 was provided, the report said.

The financial tracking system of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that only $330 million of the appeal for $920.5 million, which is less than 36 percent, has so far been met, the paper reported.

"With only about three months left of the year and $590 million remaining unmet so far, it's certain that funding like it was in previous years, will not be possible," it said.

For food security, only $86.9 million (34.2 percent) of the $254.1 million sought, was funded.

Of $128.8 mn for shelter, only $15.6 mn (12.1 percent) has so far been collected. For health, $13.1mn (14.7.8 percent) of $88.7 mn has been provided.

For nutrition, out of $48.1 mn, only $13.8 mn, which is 14.8 per cent, has been made available, while for protection, $9.7 mn out of $38.9 mn has been collected.

For shelter, $128 mn was asked, of which 12.1 percent ($15.6 mn) was met, and for site management, $24.4 mn (24.7 percent) of $98.7 mn has so far been made available.

The funding scenario with regard to other sectors like child protection, communication with communities, coordination, education, emergency telecommunication, gender-based violence, and logistics, is more or less the same, the paper reported.

Not a single sector has been able to get more than 36.4 percent funding, roughly a third of the funding promised.

One sector, emergency telecom, has not yet received a single cent this year, the report said.

Updated Date: Aug 26, 2019 14:53:23 IST