QRCS distributes food aid to Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh
January 19 2020 09:39 PM
BDRCS volunteers hand over food parcels to refugee families at a camp.
BDRCS volunteers hand over food parcels to refugee families at a camp.

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in co-operation with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), has delivered food parcels for 3,220 families displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

As per a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between QRCS and BDRCS, an assessment was conducted to select the poorest families with older persons, female breadwinners, orphans, or special needs people.

Under a winterisation aid project, QRCS's representation mission in Bangladesh distributed parcels of food staples. The project covered around 16,000 refugees. The three-day distribution constituted Phase 1 of the project.

At a total cost of QR1.5mn, the project is planned to help 16,190 poor families and refugees in Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Rangpur, where abject poverty combines with scarce food resources and heavy rain to severely affect the mainly farming families.

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), every day there are over 60 new births among the refugees. Humanitarian agencies are unable to meet the needs of refugees in all areas. Also, the local communities need more winterisation aid such as straw mats, blankets, and warm clothes.

The project is designed to help the poorest families to withstand the too cold weather, reduce the health risks resulting from freezing temperatures in remote areas, secure food provisions and NFIs.

Nearly 200 BDRCS volunteers earned money from working as day labour in the field assessment and distribution processes. (QNA)

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