S.Korea provides IOM $1.0m to support fire affected Rohingya families

FE ONLINE REPORT | Sunday, 11 April 2021

South Korea has decided to provide emergency support of $1.0 million to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to support the Rohingya community in Cox’s Bazar.

These funds will contribute to the massive humanitarian efforts required to respond to the devastating fire that broke out on March 22 in several Rohingya refugee camps, said a press statement of IOM on Sunday.

IOM is implementing its emergency response in affected camps in close collaboration with the government of Bangladesh, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), other UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs.

Moving forward, IOM’s response is focused on both critical life-saving interventions as well as long-term recovery efforts.

Through its interventions, IOM aims to provide safe and dignified living conditions for those affected by using a participatory site planning approach and environmentally conscious and sustainable construction.

IOM will also focus on the rehabilitation and construction of vital water points, latrines and shower areas, which will ensure that the most basic human rights of the affected population are respected.

The construction of shelters will employ a community-led approach, which will include the participation of affected families and Cash-for-Work activities related to distributions, porter support and construction works.

New liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders will be provided to replace those that were destroyed in the fire as well as refills for all the affected families. LPG enables families to be self-reliant and cook for themselves according to their likes and needs, the statement continued.

“We are extremely grateful for the support received today from the Government of the Republic of Korea,” declared IOM’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Manuel Marques Pereira. “This assistance will be vital for our efforts to rebuild these camps from the ground up and to ensure that those most vulnerable have access to crucial services.”

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