Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) stands with its UN partners and the international community in calling for renewed support to more than one million Rohingya displaced across the region at a virtual donor conference.
August 25th marked the third year since the most recent wave of refugees fled across the border from Myanmar to camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has challenged humanitarian agencies to adapt their operations to prevent disease transmission and ensure assistance to meet urgent needs.
“Donor support for these measures in Cox’s Bazar was swift and has contributed to the relatively mild impact of the pandemic in the camps,” said IOM’s Director General António Vitorino in his opening remarks of a panel discussion at today’s conference.
“However, the compounded effect of limited access to the camps due to COVID-19 and the impact of the recent monsoon season has created urgent operational needs, namely shelter and camp maintenance, that will require additional support in the coming months.”
The discussion, moderated by DG Vitorino, brought to light diverse perspectives of NGOs, IGOs and UN agencies with representatives and directors from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, BRAC and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
Vitorino urged humanitarian actors to pursue interventions that go beyond immediate humanitarian assistance and support long-term development for not only the refugee population, but also the surrounding Bangladeshi host communities.
“As the crisis has stabilized and transitioned from an emergency into a protracted scenario, coupled with the concerning exacerbation of inequalities, unrest, and social stigmatization due to COVID-19, the discussions on operationalizing the humanitarian-development nexus in Cox’s Bazar District and the region are becoming ever so important,” he said.
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