The European Commission is sending EUR 39 million to aid organizations in Myanmar and Bangladesh to support displaced persons and refugees, including members of the Rohingya Islamic minority.
The recent military coup in Myanmar and the Covid-19 crisis have worsened the humanitarian situation in the area, according to the daily EU administration.
EU Commissioner Janez Lenarčič (Crisis Management) says the EU will continue to support the most vulnerable population. “The military overthrow of Myanmar’s legitimate government threatens to exacerbate the already dire humanitarian crisis for displaced and conflict-affected populations.
In Bangladesh, the corona crisis exacerbates the already difficult conditions for one million Rohingya refugees in camps and other shelters.”
Brussels donates 24.5 million euros to aid organizations in Bangladesh and 11.5 million in Myanmar. In addition, EUR 3 million will be made available to protect stateless Rohingya in the region. With the money, the aid workers can provide food and water, shelter, health care and sanitation.