13 July 2024

Address funding shortfall for Rohingyas, urge speakers at human chain 

Published: 23:03, 8 June 2024

Address funding shortfall for Rohingyas, urge speakers at human chain 

Business Eye Report 

Speakers at a human chain programme on Saturday opined that though the Rohingya crisis has become increasingly more complex in seven years, persistent funding shortfalls have compounded that crisis. 
Although there is no option but to repatriate, the World Bank intensified this crisis by giving more loans to the already debt-ridden Bangladesh to solve it, they said.
Speakers came up with their remarks while addressing a human chain and rally organised by nine civic and development organisations, led by  Equity and Justice Working Group (EquityBD) in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday.
Other organisations, included Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Sundarban O Upakul Surokha Andolon, CSRL, NDF, FN Foundation, Trinamool Unnayan Sangstha, Water Keepers Bangladesh and Youth Net for Climate Justice.
Presided over by EquityBD’s Chief Moderator Rezaul Karim Chowdhury , the human chain programme was moderated by EquityBD Secretariat Coordinator Mustafa Kamal Akand.
Zayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Omour Farooq Bhuiya of BDCSO Process, Mamun Kabir of Water Keepers Bangladesh, Assistant Professor Mir Mohammad Ali of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Abdullah Al Hadi Munna of FN Foundation spoke in the meeting.
 Ambulance Hossain, President of the Garment Workers Federation, and Lion Akbar Hossain, the brave freedom fighter, spoke in solidarity.

In his speech, moderator Mustafa Kamal Akand said that the per capita fund allocated for the Rohingya population has already dropped from $12 to $8. Every year the funding for them is gradually decreasing. However, the international organisations engaged in humanitarian programs are not reducing management costs accordingly. This management cost must be reduced immediately. Otherwise, this crisis will become extreme, he added.