Bernicat praised BD for helping Rohingya refugees

Bernicat praised BD for helping Rohingya refugees


US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat today lauded Bangladesh for helping Rohingya refugees, and reiterated US commitment to help find “just and durable solutions for Rohingyas”.”Bangladesh has hosted hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas for decades,” she said and appreciated Bangladesh for all that this country has done to help this vulnerable population.The appreciation came when the US envoy visited Cox’s Bazar to meet with district and local officials, undocumented Rohingyas, registered Rohingya refugees, and organizations providing humanitarian assistance in the area.Bernicat reiterated U.S. commitment to helping Bangladesh, Burma, and countries across the region find just and durable solutions for the Rohingyas, according to a US embassy press release issued here.She also reiterated her country’s commitment to providing protection and assistance to Rohingya refugees, asylum-seekers and their host communities.During her two-day stay in Cox’s Bazar that concluded today, Bernicat also visited two USAID-funded projects.One of the projects supports Bangladesh government’s National Plan of Action on Combating Human Trafficking that includes raising public awareness, supporting outbound migrant workers, training police, and providing shelter and support to victims.

The other project supports the Prime Minister’s Access to Information (A2I) program which, through improved access to modern technology, aims to increase transparency, improve the quality of public services, and reduce the time, cost and difficulty associated with obtaining government services for the underserved communities of Bangladesh.Since 2013, the US government has provided more than $152 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, and asylum-seekers, including Rohingyas, in Burma and in the region.This funding supports humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations which provide medical care, food, water, shelter, sanitation, and access to services for people with disabilities, the release added.


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