Forgotten Burmese Refugees in
“Monthly assistances for my wife and daughter are cut from this month on. How can we survive? But I can understand why the UNHCR cut the monthly grant,” said a Burmese refugee.
Burmese refugees would no longer get the monthly assistance, but they will be able to get a financial grant for project to make a livelihood. The amount of the grant depends upon the proposed project, but the largest has been 35,000 taka (US$ 600). However, normally a grant is around 15,000 taka.
The monthly assistance is 1300 taka (US$ 25) a month per dependent of a family, but it is cut after six months of receiving it.
“Single women are also told to find projects. Even men can’t
do anything, it’s a lot worse for women. There is a
cultural impingement upon a single woman working in
Most families who took up lump sum grants for a small business were facing losses. It is due to the fact that refugees cannot speak the local language, hence they face difficulties in communication. At the same time, their investment money is too little to compete with the local businesses.
While the Burmese refugees in
“We all are from
In Bangladesh, there are thousands of Arakanese refugees fleeing from their home land since the 1988 junta coup de tat, only about 100 are recognized as “refugees” by the UNHCR, and most of them are been neglected by the international community.#
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