The United Nations has announced an increase in per capita food aid for Rohingya refugees who have taken refuge in Bangladesh. Where earlier each Rohingya was paid $8 per month for food aid, now $10 will be given.
That is, food aid per capita of Rohingyas is increasing by 2 dollars. The aid will be implemented from January 1, 2024, the United Nations’ global project on food security, the World Food Program (WFP), said.
The United Nations last year cut its food aid budget to $8 for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh due to funding shortages; But as a result, the Rohingya’s nutritional crisis has increased, the World Food Program noted.
Dom Scalpelley, director of WFP’s Bangladesh branch, expressed gratitude to the countries and organizations that provided financial assistance to the Rohingya through the United Nations in a statement on Tuesday, saying, “The rate at which the malnutrition situation was increasing day by day in the camps was really alarming. We have been able to increase food aid to the Rohingyas because of the donor group’s support. Thanks to them for that.
Recently, WFPA conducted a survey on the nutritional status of Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. According to the survey, the number of malnourished people in the camps increased by 15 percent in 2023 compared to 2017, the year the Rohingyas fled Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.
Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Commissioner of Bangladesh Government’s Refugee Assistance and Rehabilitation Department in Cox’s Bazar, said that the amount of assistance is currently $10 per head, but WFP plans to increase it to $12.50 soon.
“Last year’s cut in food aid had a huge impact on the Rohingya camps. Children have suffered the most. Basically, it was then that WFP decided to increase the amount of food assistance. WFP has taken this step to increase food assistance per capita and has assured us that this amount will be increased to 12.50 dollars this year,’ Mizanur Rahman told Reuters.