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Updated On: Sunday, 22 September 2019

Rohingya Food Distribution

Content by: South-South News

24 October 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The World Food Program (WFP) warned about 15,000 people have been stranded on the edge of paddy fields for days at the Bangladeshi border with Myanmar, and called for more funds to help feeding the most vulnerable.

Alama Khaton, a refugee from Myanmar and mother of three children said, “It took us six days to walk here. They tortured many of us, burned our houses, we weren’t allowed to collect our rice, and they took our cows, goats and fields, they didn’t give out rice and the men and boys weren’t allowed to go anywhere.”

WFP is providing high energy biscuits and rice to them. Access to the no man’s land is difficult and WFP has been using boats to ferry food to the large numbers of women, children and families, some haven’t eaten for days.

Michael Dunford, the Emergency Coordinator for WFP said, “WFP has already fed 580,000 refugees. Just yesterday we fed an additional 10,000 as they came across the border, but we are still scaling up, we still need to reach up to a million people.” He added “we’ve received strong support from our donors but we need an additional US$54 million to get us through until the end of February if we are able to reach our targets.”

WFP has now distributed food to more than 580,000 people in Cox’s Bazar since 25 August, including ongoing distributions of rice, lentils and oil, as well as fortified biscuits and hot meals.

WFP expressed concerned about the health of women and children arriving hungry and malnourished after days on the move, and is providing nutritional support. The organization has distributed Super Cereal Plus to nearly 63,000 pregnant women and mothers of young children.

WFP urgently needs $77 million to support the new arrivals as well as people who were already living in camps near the border and host communities.

About 240,000 people have received micronutrient-fortified biscuits as an emergency measure. This is a one-off package of several days’ worth of fortified cookies, which are often provided in situations where no cooking facilities are available.

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