IOM to get $ 5.7m from Japan for Rohingyas, host communities

Rohingya refugees gather at a market inside a refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photo

Japan has decided to provide the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with $5.7 million in assistance for upgrading shelters and improving the living conditions of the Rohingya and host communities in Cox's Bazar and Bhasan Char.

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori and IOM Chief of Mission Bangladesh Abdusattor Esoev signed an exchange of notes in this regard, according to a statement from the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.

The Project for Promoting Shelter Upgrade and Community Building in Bhasan Char and Cox's Bazar will enable more than 34,000 people in the Cox's Bazar Camps and host communities to have increased access to safe spaces, protection and psychosocial activities, and more than 11,500 households to receive shelter upgrade and maintenance support, it said.

The project will also improve living conditions for camp residents through enhanced site management and site development works.

Furthermore, it will strengthen the self-reliance of Rohingya, especially women and youth, through improved livelihood opportunities in Bhasan Char.

"As the Rohingya crisis continues into its sixth year, the international community should not forget this vulnerable population, who still face an uncertain future," said Esoev.

"We are very grateful to the Government of Japan for their continued support which enables IOM Bangladesh to provide ongoing lifesaving assistance to vulnerable Rohingya and host communities in Cox's Bazar and Bhasan Char. This support will ensure access to better settlements, protection, and livelihood opportunities," he added.

Ambassador Iwama expressed his hope that the support from Japan would improve the living conditions of both Rohingya and host communities.

He said Japan will continue to work towards durable solutions including early repatriation to Myanmar while cooperating with international organisations for better living conditions for refugees and host communities.

"Finding durable solutions in this crisis will be conducive to our pursuit of a free and open Indo-Pacific," he said.

Since the beginning of the emergency in August 2017, Japan has been a steadfast supporter of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, contributing over USD 200 million to IOM and other UN agencies as well as NGOs in Bangladesh, including through this new funding.


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