UAE Sends 5.4 Million Meals to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

UAE Sends 5.4 Million Meals to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

The UAE’s One Billion Meals campaign has collaborated with the United Nations World Food Programme to distribute 5.4 million meals to people living in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (The National, 2023). The food distribution was carried out through instantly redeemable smart vouchers, which beneficiaries could purchase food and drink from certified shops, supermarkets, and bakeries using electronic codes sent to their mobile phones.

The One Billion Meals campaign is the largest initiative of its kind in the region, providing food and combating hunger in 50 countries. The campaign helps to reach those most in need, especially women, children, refugees, and displaced people. The distribution of 5.4 million meals to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is an extension of the One Billion Meals campaign, which was launched in 2022 as an extension of the 100 Million Meals campaign.

Cox’s Bazar in south-east Bangladesh is the world’s largest refugee settlement, hosting nearly 1.2 million people accommodated in 34 overcrowded camps run by local and international NGOs. Among these refugees are around 750,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar in 2017 to escape persecution and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the military (The National, 2023). Human rights groups have described their treatment as genocide. Additionally, there were already 250,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh, with limited access to aid and no opportunities for education or livelihood.

The 2022 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis appealed for over $881 million to support approximately 1.4 million people, including Rohingya refugees and most affected host communities in Bangladesh (The National, 2023). According to Mageed Yahia, WFP Representative to the GCC Region, “hunger is on the rise worldwide, and threatening more than 800 million people,” highlighting the need for such initiatives (The National, 2023).

The distribution of food in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar is a logistical challenge, given the large number of beneficiaries and the limited access to resources. According to Sarah Al Nuaimi, Director of Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, “For the One Billion Meals initiative to reach beneficiaries in one of the largest refugee camps in the world is a logistical challenge by all means… However, MBRGI, in partnership with UN’s WFP, succeeded in overcoming this challenge and distributing the equivalent of 5.4 million meals to individuals and families in the Cox’s Bazar camps in Bangladesh” (The National, 2023).

Initiatives like the One Billion Meals campaign play a crucial role in providing much-needed aid to refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, and human rights abuses. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are currently over 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide (UNHCR, 2021). This includes over 26 million refugees, of which half are under the age of 18. Refugees face a range of challenges, including food insecurity, limited access to healthcare and education, and protection risks, including exploitation and violence.

As such, there is a pressing need for more humanitarian initiatives like the One Billion Meals campaign to address the urgent needs of refugees and displaced people worldwide. It is essential to continue to provide aid to refugees, especially those in camps, where access to food, water, and healthcare is often limited. Initiatives like the One Billion Meals campaign can provide essential support to refugees and displaced people, helping to meet their immediate needs and improve their overall well-being.

One Billion Meals campaign and UN World Food Programme, which demonstrates the importance of humanitarian initiatives to address the urgent needs of refugees and displaced people. The One Billion Meals campaign has been successful in providing food support to the most vulnerable populations, including women, children, refugees, and displaced people, in 50 countries.

The world’s refugee population continues to grow, with over 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, half of which are under the age of 18 (UNHCR, 2021). Initiatives like the One Billion Meals campaign are essential in providing much-needed support to refugees and displaced people worldwide. These initiatives can help to meet the immediate needs of refugees and provide essential support in areas such as food, water, healthcare, and education.

The distribution of food in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar is a logistical challenge, given the large number of beneficiaries and the limited access to resources. However, the One Billion Meals campaign and UN World Food Programme succeeded in overcoming this challenge, providing 5.4 million meals to beneficiaries using instantly redeemable smart vouchers.

In addition to providing essential support to refugees and displaced people, humanitarian initiatives like the One Billion Meals campaign can also raise awareness of the challenges facing these vulnerable populations. Such initiatives can help to mobilize support from governments, civil society organizations, and individuals to address the underlying causes of displacement and promote sustainable solutions to the refugee crisis.

In conclusion, the distribution of 5.4 million meals to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, demonstrates the importance of humanitarian initiatives in addressing the urgent needs of refugees and displaced people worldwide. The One Billion Meals campaign is an excellent example of such an initiative, providing food support to vulnerable populations in 50 countries. As the world’s refugee population continues to grow, it is essential to continue to provide aid and support to refugees and displaced people, helping to meet their immediate needs and promote sustainable solutions to the refugee crisis.

 

References:

The National. (2023, February 28). UAE sends 5.4 million meals to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Retrieved from https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2023/02/28/uae-sends-54-million-meals-to-rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh/

UNHCR. (2021). Figures at a Glance. Retrieved from https://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html


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