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UAE raises US $18m fund for Rohingyas

DHAKA, Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has

collected more than 18 million US Dollars fund in a weeklong campaign to

support the forcefully displaced Rohingya people sheltered in Bangladesh.

The nationwide campaign carried out last week of May amassed the fund from

various platforms including social media and thousands of individuals and

charities, a press release of the UAE Embassy in Dhaka said today.

The ERC launched the campaign, supported by all the UAE leaders, under the

directives of its President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

So far, in Bangladesh, more than one million Rohingyas have sheltered

here. We need to benefit all of them especially the women and children. This

time, our government decided to let the UAE people participate in helping

Rohingya Muslim brothers and generate their donations said UAE Ambassador to

Bangladesh Saed Mohammed AL Mheiri.

From the beginning of the Rohingya crisis, UAE has extended its supports to

emergency relief for food, shelter, health to Rohingya women and children in

Bangladesh.

We feel proud that the UAE was the first country which started

humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh for Rohingya people and carried out a

number of projects for the benefits of children and women in collaboration

with the UNHCR, the UAE ambassador said.

The UAE is also managing health services for the Rohingya people in

Bangladesh through the UAEBangladesh Volunteer Field Hospital in Cox's Bazar

as it is the the first Arab country to run a field hospital for the

Rohingyas, said the release.

A MalaysianSaudiEmirati field hospital with the UAE donated modern

equipment was also set up in Cox's Bazar in the beginning of 2018.

The UAE also launched a project which is supervised by the ERC and several

Emirati donors to dig 100 wells to provide clean water in the Rohingya camps

in Cox's Bazar.

Moreover, UAE donated $2m to help address malnutrition among young Rohingya

and their mothers.

The embassy of UAE in Dhaka is closely monitoring all relief activities

operated by different UAE organizations from the very beginning of the

Rohingya crisis, said the release.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)