The United Nation said on Tuesday that it would appeal for $430 million in aid from the international community to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, a figure which is more than double what was calculated weeks earlier when the number of refugees was lower.
Six weeks after the United Nation relief operations started, Mark Lowcock, the UN head for humanitarian affairs said that the conditions in Rohingya camps were dreadful and that the UN would make an appeal on October 23 in Geneva.
“We are imminently going to be publishing an update to the UN response plan and will be looking, in order to support the government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh’s own establishment, to raise from international community something like $430 million to enable us to clean up the relief operation,” Lowcock said in a press conference in the Cox’s Bazar district, Efe reported.
“We have a great set of proposals that come from all the response agencies and we are in a stage now where the main force we face is finance for those important programs,” he added.
The executive director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, said that the situation of refugees in Bangladesh was tragic for every refugee.
“I have never practically seen, around the world, people who are so traumatized by the experiences that they have suffered.
And I mean not only the children but the women who have watched the male members of their family being murdered and they themselves sometime being raped,” Lake said.
According to the United Nation, more than half a million Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing a wave of violence in Myanmar.
UNICEF statistic reveal that more than 60 percent of the refugees are children.
The exodus of Rohingyas started on Aug. 25, when a rebel group of the Muslim minority attacked government posts and the Myanmar army launched a military campaign in response, which has been called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” by the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights.