Bangladesh: Rohingya

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the allocation of UN World Food Programme rations by household on the (a) human rights and (b) welfare of refugee Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Our assessment of UN World Food Programme rations in Bangladesh is that they provide essential life-saving support to refugee households. Women, girls and other vulnerable groups are given priority at food distribution sites and are assisted with porters to carry heavy food rations home. Larger families receive larger family ration sizes. WFP also runs an e-voucher programme which is registered in women’s names. Vulnerable women and girls also benefit from nutritional supplements and women-friendly spaces at distribution points.

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