24 Jun 2018 – 9:44
DOHA: Qatar Charity (QC) has distributed more than 3,000 food baskets to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Nepal through its offices in both countries, as part of QC’s continuous relief efforts to ease the suffering of these refugees.
In Bangladesh during the holy month of Ramadan, 3,000 food baskets have been provided by QC’s office in the country to 3,000 refugee families living in the camp where the charity operates, said a release.
Also, QC’s office in Kathmandu, Nepal has distributed food baskets to 130 to Rohingya refugee families living in three small camps in the country.
The food baskets included dry food items such as rice, sugar, oil, lentils, onions, potatoes, salt, milk powder, and coal in addition to medicines. Such aid provided by Qatar Charity and other humanitarian organizations is the main source of livelihood for the Rohingya refugees.
Last month, the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Qatar Charity (QC) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a tripartite cooperation agreement in Doha, Qatar, in which both QFFD and QC pledged to provide UNHCR with a total of $8.8 million to offer basic services to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
This pledge was made to provide essential life-saving assistance, with the aim to reduce the risk Rohingya refugees face in Bangladesh during the rainy and cyclone season, and beyond.
The amount of QC’s assistance provided through its ongoing relief campaign for the Rohingya internally displaced in Myanmar and refugees in Bangladesh, in coordination and cooperation with the UNHCR, or with other international organizations, or through its field office in Bangladesh, reached about $6mn, benefiting more than 500 thousand people.