Appeal For People Fleeing Burma Reaches £3 Million With UK Aid Support
Within 24 hours of the Disasters Emergency Committee launching its appeal for Rohingya people fleeing Burma, more than £3 million has been raised.
Of the amount raised so far, £1.2 million has been provided by UK aid, pledged by the British Government to make public donations go that much further.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel said:
"The generosity of the British public has been overwhelming and once again they have shown the rest of the world what the UK does best; acting without hesitation to help victims of brutal violence and persecution.
"I want to say a huge thank you to those who have donated to the appeal and every penny is making a difference. Your contributions are saving the lives of hundreds and thousands of men, women and children who have been forced to leave behind their homes and loved ones to make the treacherous journey into neighbouring Bangladesh.
"UK aid is reaching Rohingya refugees in desperate need, providing food, shelter and water. By matching pound for pound donations from the British public to the DEC appeal, the UK Government is doubling the impact that British people can have and making their money go further."
The UK will double all donations up to £3 million, meaning even more aid is available for those in need.
The British Government was quick to recognise the unprecedented scale of the crisis in Burma and the impact it is having on Bangladesh, and has already given £30 million to provide lifesaving food, water, shelter and healthcare to victims of the violence.
Appeal For People Fleeing Burma Reaches £3 Million With UK Aid Support , 5th October 2017, 21:24 PM