Covid-19: UK pledges to help Bangladesh, Rohingya
09:44 PM, June 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:51 PM, June 24, 2020

Covid-19: UK pledges to help Bangladesh, Rohingya

It'll work with int'l partners, UNSC to help Rohingyas return home

UK International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said they are strongly committed to helping Bangladesh and the Rohingya people through this devastating crisis.

She said this during a "virtual visit" to Bangladesh yesterday, where she saw how UK aid -- the financial support Britain gives -- was working with the government of Bangladesh to tackle coronavirus in the country.

The UK has dedicated at least £21 million to tackle coronavirus in Bangladesh, where 120,000 cases have been reported.

"No one is safe until everyone is safe -- and we are committed to helping Bangladesh and the Rohingya people through this devastating crisis," she tweeted.

On the "virtual visit", a first for a UK Minister, Trevelyan met with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and also saw how UK-backed isolation and treatment centres will help protect Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities in Cox's Bazar from the pandemic.

During the visit, Trevelyan talked to the staff of BRAC, an NGO which has mobilised 50,000 community health workers with UK aid support to reach more than five million Bangladeshi people in remote, deprived communities, giving them public health information about how to prevent the spread of coronavirus and stay safe.

ROHINGYA CRISIS

Trevelyan visited, via a video call, the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, where social distancing is nearly impossible due to cramped conditions.

UK Aid is supporting the construction of vital isolation and treatment centres (ITCs) in Cox's Bazar, making available over 600 beds for treating both Rohingya and people from Bangladeshi communities, who develop severe acute respiratory infections due to contracting coronavirus.

"Coronavirus is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. UK aid is committed to helping Bangladesh and the Rohingya people through this devastating crisis," said Trevelyan.

Trevelyan said she is grateful to the Government and the people of Bangladesh for their extraordinary generosity and support for the Rohingya refugees.

She said the UK will continue to work with the government of Bangladesh, international partners and the UN Security Council to enable the Rohingyas to return home to Rakhine in a safe, dignified and voluntary manner, and to support them until that is possible.

Trevelyan met with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Momen, MP and committed to continue UK support to Bangladesh for the fight against coronavirus.

The British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson said the coronavirus outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on people's health, livelihoods, and mobility in Bangladesh.

"The virtual visit allowed the Secretary of State to see the breadth and depth of UK support for the country, and underlined the UK's strong commitment to Bangladesh in the face of the coronavirus challenge," he said.

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