Newly released figures have revealed that the British government has cut aid to around one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, most of them children, by a staggering 82%, reports Mizzima.
Burma Campaign UK is calling on UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly to provide life-saving aid to Rohingya children by urgently reversing the cuts.
Karin Valtersson, Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK said: “To make such deep cuts in support to hundreds of thousands of children who are completely dependent on aid is indefensible. Once children are stunted from malnutrition it is irreversible, they will suffer from health problems the rest of their lives.
“James Cleverly has done the right thing in imposing sanctions to cut off revenue to the military but now he is cutting off life-saving aid to the victims of the Burmese military as well. The British government ignored warnings about the impending genocide of the Rohingya and took no action to try to prevent it. Now they are failing the Rohingya again by making savages cuts in the aid they receive.”