In response to the fires in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., today announced €100,000 in Irish Aid funding for Concern Worldwide to support efforts to address the crisis.
Minister Brophy said:
“Initial reports from the UN have confirmed 15 deaths, with hundreds more still missing. The blaze has also led to further displacement and destruction of infrastructure, compounding the suffering of Rohingya refugees, who have endured so much hardship in recent years.
“Ireland is responding at speed to this tragedy through our funding to Concern Worldwide. In 2021 we will also, as I pledged at last October’s humanitarian conference on the Rohingya crisis, provide funding of €1 million to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, for its activities in Cox’s Bazar. This assistance is a meaningful expression of Ireland’s solidarity with the Rohingya, one of the world’s most vulnerable communities.”
24 March 2021