EU Bolsters Humanitarian Aid for Myanmar and Rohingya Refugees with €15 Million

Human Rights, World News

In response to the escalating conflict in Myanmar and its consequent humanitarian needs, the EU has released an additional €15 million in aid. This assistance will cater to people impacted within the country, as well as refugees who have sought refuge in neighboring states, including Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The funds will be utilized to provide life-saving necessities such as food, shelter, clean water, and emergency healthcare to those displaced due to conflict. A portion of the funds will also be allocated towards safeguarding individuals from potential threats, such as landmines.

This recent allocation brings the EU’s total aid for the Myanmar crisis to €36 million in 2024. Since the military coup in February 2021, the number of individuals requiring humanitarian assistance has risen from 1 million to over 18 million. Intense fighting in Rakhine State has resulted in numerous civilian casualties, with Rohingya people particularly targeted for forced recruitment by various armed groups.

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, emphasized the dire humanitarian situation in Myanmar and the need for all parties to respect international humanitarian law. He also highlighted the significant risks faced by all communities, including the Rohingya, in the Rakhine State.

With the advent of monsoon season, Myanmar braces for potential disasters like Cyclonic Storm Mocha, which caused over €2 billion in damages in May 2023. The EU has been a consistent provider of humanitarian aid to Myanmar since 1994, with €19 million approved earlier this year for humanitarian operations and an additional €2 million to address the regional impact of the crisis.