Donors losing interest to help Rohingyas: WFP

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MNA National Desk: Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley has said donor agencies are gradually losing their interest in providing food assistance for the displaced Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

The WFP executive director came up with the information during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite on Monday.

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque briefed reporters after the meeting. The WFP, however, will stand by Bangladesh to ensure food security in the country, he told Hasina.

Hasina reached Italy on Sunday to attend a conference of the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD).

In the last six months, the WFP has supplied food items worth $80 million to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Haque said quoting Beasley. “But now the donors are losing interest.”

Nearly 125,000 Rohingya refugees fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state and took shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh after an army crackdown on their villages on Aug 25 last year.

Now Bangladesh, with aid from the United Nations and other international agencies, is sheltering some 650,000 Rohingyas.