US reaffirms commitment to helping BD on Rohingya issues
22 December 2015, Nirapad News: US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat on Tuesday reiterated her country’s commitment to
helping Bangladesh, Myanmar and countries across the region find just and durable solutions for Rohingya refugees.
She also reiterated the US government’s commitment to providing protection and assistance to Rohingya refugees, asylum
seekers and their host communities.
“For decades Bangladesh has hosted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya,” the US diplomat said expressing appreciation to
Bangladesh for all that this country has done to help this vulnerable population.
The US Ambassador traveled to Cox’s Bazar and meet district and local officials, undocumented Rohingya, registered
Rohingya refugees, and organisations providing humanitarian assistance in the area during her two-day visit (Monday-
She also visited two USAID-funded projects and a project that supports the government of Bangladesh’s National Plan of
Action on Combating Human Trafficking that includes raising public awareness, supporting outbound migrant workers,
training police, and providing shelter and support to victims.
The other project supports the Prime Minister’s Access to Information (a2i) programme which, through improved access to
modern technology, aims to increase transparency, improve the quality of public services, and reduce the time, cost and
difficulty associated with obtaining government services for the underserved communities of Bangladesh.
Since FY 2013, the US government has provided more than $152 million in lifesaving humanitarian assistance to internally
displaced persons, refugees, and asylum seekers, including Rohingya, in Burma and in the region, according to the US
Embassy in Dhaka.
This funding supports humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations which provide medical care, food, water,
shelter, sanitation, and access to services for people with disabilities.