The government of Germany has contributed $4.5 million for the Rohingya families and their host communities in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have welcomed the new contribution.
"This contribution will support the government of Bangladesh to meet its commitment to the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals as well as their host communities in Cox's Bazar. Lifesaving assistance is particularly important now with the ongoing pandemic and heavy monsoon rains, both of which are posing great risks to vulnerable families," said Md Mohsin, secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.
A WFP press release, on Wednesday, said the entire population of the 859,000 Rohingyas living across the camps in Cox's Bazar relies on WFP for food. In addition, WFP provides nutrition and livelihoods support to the host communities in order to improve their long-term food security outlook.
"At a time when Covid-19 is exacerbating inequalities and severely impacting communities in Bangladesh and also around the world, we are especially grateful for such an act of solidarity and generosity from Germany," said Richard Ragan, country director of WFP in Bangladesh.
Peter Fahrenholtz, ambassador of Germany to Bangladesh, said, "As a longstanding partner to the government of Bangladesh and WFP, we are pleased to know that our contribution is helping humanitarian workers in the frontline continue their lifesaving work for some of the most vulnerable people during such trying times."
Through the German Federal Foreign Office, the new funding support from Germany will also go towards telecommunications services in support of the work of the wider humanitarian community.
With this latest contribution, Germany has provided WFP Bangladesh with a total of $30 million since the onset of the Rohingya refugee crisis in 2017.