Dhaka, 14 July 2023 (TDI): The United States Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya recently met the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The meeting took place on July 13, 2023. The Under Secretary announced additional humanitarian assistance by the United States and its support for humanitarian responses in the region.

The United States announced to provide additional humanitarian assistance of more than $74 million. This also included around $61 million for the support of internally displaced Rohingya within the state of Burma, along with the Rohingya refugees and their host communities in Bangladesh.

US Contributions: 

The US contribution for humanitarian assistance to people in Burma has reached around $2.1 billion, since August 2017.

The people of Rohingya and others have faced violence and ethnic cleansing. After this assistance around 740,000 Rohingya were able to escape from the genocide, heinous crime, and ethnic cleansing in Burma’s Rakhine State towards Bangladesh for safety and security.

However, the support will be able to provide the affected with access to the necessities of life. This would aid them in access to food, clean water, health care, education, shelter, and protection.

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Moreoever, it will not only help the Rohingya refugees but also the host communities that have been generously supporting the affected.

The humanitarian assistance by the United States will be able to help the internally displaced and vulnerable groups in Burma. It will also help the populations that have been affected in the new conflict areas after the military coup, since February 2021.

The US further urged other states and donors to provide greater support to those affected by the crisis in Burma.

Meanwhile, the United States appreciates the support of the Bangladeshi government and people, and other states that have been generous and hospitable towards the Rohingya refugees.

Furthermore, the United States expressed concern over the escalation of conflict and violence by the military regime in Burma. It has also expressed its support for the safe return and reintegration of the displaced Rohingya back to the state of Burma, as the situation becomes suitable enough.

The United States has appreciated the role of Rohingya volunteers and other humanitarian partners for their services.