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U.N. Seeks More Funds To Address Rohingya Refugee Crisis In Bangladesh; WHO Sends Cholera Vaccines

Devex: In Bangladesh, an unfolding humanitarian crisis
“…Now, nearly six weeks on from the start of the crisis, conditions in the camps [in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,] are still being described as chaotic as thousands of exhausted, traumatized Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority, continue to pour in daily, and aid agencies struggle to handle the influx. While United Nations officials and international NGOs cite the urgent need to ‘scale up,’ staff on the ground say the humanitarian response has been hampered by funding shortfalls and bureaucratic obstacles that have left agencies without approval to work and vital supplies stuck in transit…” (McPherson/Joy, 10/9).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. seeks more funds to assist Rohingya amid world’s fastest growing refugee crisis
“United Nations agencies are seeking more funds to cope with the mass exodus of people fleeing violence in Myanmar into Bangladesh, which the top U.N. aid official described [as] the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis…” (10/6).

VOA News: Preparations Underway to Vaccinate Rohingya Refugees Against Cholera
“The World Health Organization reports 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine are expected to arrive in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Saturday. A mass vaccination campaign for Rohingya refugees is set to begin Tuesday, October 10…” (Schlein, 10/7).

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