‘It will create more challenges’
The Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), a Rohingya community group based in Cox's Bazar refugee camp, has expressed deep concern over the World Food Programme's (WFP) announcement of reducing the amount of food ration money.
Last week, WFP said it will have to reduce its General Food Assistance voucher value from the monthly allowance of $12 to $10 per person, due to a $125 million funding shortfall.
"As refugees living in the camp, we know how difficult it is to survive on even $12 per month," ARSPH said in a statement yesterday.
"The reduction of the food assistance is likely to lead to a host of new challenges, including extortion, prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and radicalisation," the statement read.
"We urge the World Food Programme and other humanitarian organisations to find alternative sources of funding to make up for the shortfall."