Rohingya crisis: Penny Mordaunt vows further £12 million in foreign aid

Rohingya crisis: Penny Mordaunt vows further £12mn in foreign aid

The International Trade Secretary visited Rohingya men, women, and children on an engagement in Bangladesh

Monday, November 27, 2017

International development secretary Penny Mordaunt has said Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence within Burma will receive £12 million of extra UK foreign aid.

Roughly 620,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled their native state of Rakhine as the Burmese military continues persecuting them.

While visiting Bangladesh as part of an official engagement as International Development Secretary, Mordaunt travelled to see some of the refugees living in camps by the fishing area of Cox’s Bazar.

In a statement, she said the Burmese military had to end the “inhumane violence” and allow humanitarian access.

The additional funds promised by the minister will see total financial support for the Rohingya rise to around £59 million.

However, Mordaunt has warned funding to support the group will run out by February 2018 unless long-term support from other countries is obtained.