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18 March 2018, 01:23 | Bernice Figueroa
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Over 16 million liters of safe water are needed every day for the Rohingya refugee population, said the United Nations agencies, adding that some 12,200 metric tons of food are required every month and at least 180,000 refugee families need cooking fuel.
To meet the urgent needs of almost 900,000 Rohingya refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them, United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners appealed jointly on Friday for $951 million. According to the head of the United Nations refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, the immediate concern was mobilizing life-saving aid for refugees, especially with monsoon season approaching and tens of thousands of people living in areas prone to landslides and floods.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi was declared to have released the appeal for Rohingya refugees, along with IOM Director General William Swing and the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo.
Backed by Myanmar's government and Buddhist mobs, the Myanmarese military launched a deadly crackdown against minority Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine in late 2016.
But Grandi insisted that despite those circumstances, he would not stop fighting for the repatriation of those who wish to return home.
The two countries reached a deal in November to begin repatriation within two months, but repatriation has not begun, with stateless Rohingya, who face restrictions on their movements in Myanmar, still crossing the border. He added that if the countries unite, the pressure will be put on Myanmar to create a safe condition for the voluntary return of the community.
Myanmar blamed Bangladesh for the slow process, accusing its neighbour of submitting missing or "incomplete" information for the majority of the refugees, and accused three on the list of being terrorists.
The worldwide community has accused Myanmar's military of atrocities against the Rohingya that could amount to ethnic cleansing, but the government and military deny any organized human rights violations.
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Myint Thu, permanent secretary at Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said officials had checked documents handed over by Bangladesh in February relating to 8,032 refugees. "These 374 people can be the first repatriation batch".
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