GOVERNMENTS and international donors have pledged to donate a total of $335 million (£254m) to help Rohingya refugees who have fled into Bangladesh, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi revealed yesterday.
Mr Grandi cited the figure after a day-long pledging conference in Geneva aimed primarily at supporting a $434m (£329m) appeal from UN agencies to help the 600,000 Rohingya refugees.
He said that the “generous funding will be extremely useful to better structure and organise the response to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.”
His office said after Rohingya started fleeing Myanmar in late August that it hoped to receive the $434m for UN-led programmes to help the refugees through to February.
The appeal had received pledges of $116m (£88m) before yesterday’s gathering and more commitments are still expected, some to the appeal and others to support the Red Cross, bilateral programmes and other aid.
Over half of the refugees who have fled Myanmar are children.