BANGKOK / SEOUL – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received a contribution of US $ 800,000 from the government of the Republic of Korea to support its operations in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
In Myanmar, funds from the Republic of Korea will help WFP meet the needs of communities in conflict-affected Rakhine State, where WFP currently supports 320,000 people, many of them Rohingya, with vital monthly food assistance . The impact of pre-existing poverty, COVID-19 and the current political crisis are now pushing an additional 3.4 million people across Myanmar and especially the urban poor, into food insecurity. In addition, since February, more than 200,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result of armed clashes and violence in various parts of the country.
In Bangladesh, the Korean contribution will help WFP maintain humanitarian assistance to more than 860,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox’s Bazar. Almost all Rohingya – 96% – depend entirely on outside aid. With WFP support, all Rohingya families now have access to electronic vouchers which they can redeem for fresh and basic foods at retail outlets provided by local businesses and farmers.
“We are grateful for the Republic of Korea’s continued and timely support to help us meet urgent needs in both countries,” said John Aylieff, WFP regional director for Asia and the Pacific. âLast year we reached a record 14 million people across the region, and this year multiple shocks such as rising COVID cases and political instability mean our support is even more critical. . We thank the Korean people for standing with WFP and the people of Asia and the Pacific.