In response to the humanitarian situation facing the Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, Luxembourg confirmed on 23 October at an international donors' conference in Geneva that it would pledge €750,000 in aid and an additional €200,000 for humanitarian logistics.
"Given the scale of this crisis, the international community must demonstrate solidarity to meet the basic needs of these displaced people," explained Romain Schneider, Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs. The minister was particularly concerned at the precarious conditions facing children and other vulnerable people.
The aid from Luxembourg will be implemented in cooperation with its humanitarian partners, including the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and an NGO in Bangladesh. Luxembourg is also supporting the establishment of a logistical coordination hub to help the humanitarian community in Bangladesh organise the emergency aid provided for those in need more effectively.
Luxembourg is involved in funding the humanitarian campaigns led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Myanmar.
The Luxembourg Government also makes an annual contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), set up by the UN to make sure humanitarian aid reaches those affected by crises across the world as quickly as possible.
(Source: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs / Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action)