UNHCR appeals for solidarity as it hosts with the US, UK and the EU a donor conference aimed at closing a ‘significant funding gap’.
Less than half the $1bn in aid meant for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh this year has been raised
The lack of money has made it difficult for them to provide the food, basic healthcare support the Rohingya need.
The UN refugee agency or UNHCR said on Thursday as it announced plans for a large donor conference next week.
The online event will take place on October 22 in an effort to close a “significant funding gap”.
“Solidarity with the Rohingya people means more than just meeting their basic needs.
Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.
“Refugees, like everyone else, have a right to a life of dignity and the chance to build a safe and stable future.”
In 2017, a brutal crackdown by the military forced some 750,000 Rohingya to flee across the border into Bangladesh
In violence that is now the subject of genocide charges against Myanmar at the UN’s top court at The Hague.
They joined an earlier wave of Rohingya who had fled earlier violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and were already living in camps close to the border.
Myanmar does not recognise the mostly Muslim Rohingya as citizens.
Even though the minority group has lived in the country for generations.
The UN agency said that it will press for more “sustainable solutions” to the crisis.
Including the “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return” of the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
The UNHCR did not say how much more money it hopes to raise at the conference.