UK announces more aid for Rohingya Muslims

International aid money will start to run out by February, warns minister

TOPSHOT - Rohingya Muslim refugees  walk down a hillside in the  Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on November 26, 2017.
Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar from Bangladesh following a repatriation agreement will initially live in temporary shelters or camps, Dhaka said November 25, a day after the UN raised concern for their safety when they go back. The United Nations says more than 620,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August and now live in squalor in the world's largest refugee camp after a military crackdown in Myanmar that the UN and Washington have said clearly constitutes "ethnic cleansing". / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

Britain has announced £12 million of extra UK aid to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Burma.

An estimated 620,000 men, women and children have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military in their native state of Rakhine.

The British government estimates that international funding for the crisis will start to run out by February. The extra money will bring the UK’s total support to £59 million since August this year and will be spent on food, clean water and improved sanitation.

"While every refugee expressed the desire to return home I have made it clear to prime minister Sheikh Hasina that any returns must be voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable,” said Penny Mordaunt, a minister in charge of the UK’s aid programme, following a visit to Bangladesh.