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‘Donors losing interest in Rohingyas’

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Health Desk: 14 February 2018: World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley has said donor agencies are gradually losing their interest in providing food assistance for the displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

He made the comment during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite on Monday evening (local time).

The WFP is playing a leading role in feeding one million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told reporters quoting David as saying.

According to the WFP chief, the UN agency distributed food items worth $80 million among the Rohingyas in last six months.

As per the agency's assessment, he said, some $20-25 million was needed to feed the Rohingyas a month.

“He [David] informed the prime minister that the interest of the donor agencies to feed the Rohingyas was decreasing and the WFP was trying to keep the interest alive among the donor agencies under the UN system. But it is very difficult for them to keep it up,” Shahidul said.

The WFP chief also expressed concern over the possibility of mudslides in the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar during monsoon.

“He drew the prime minister's attention to the matter [mudslide]. The prime minister said some Rohingyas would be shifted temporarily to Bhasan Char [an island in Noakhali] if needed,” the foreign secretary said.

David apprised Hasina about various campaigns the WFP was carrying out in the international arena over the Rohingya issue. He said he briefed the US president twice on the issue.