Ap­peal: Govern­ment to dou­ble £2m of do­na­tions

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

The UK Govern­ment will dou­ble the next £2mil­lion of pub­lic do­na­tions to the Dis­as­ters Emer­gency Com­mit­tee (DEC) ap­peal for peo­ple flee­ing Myan­mar.

More than half a mil­lion Ro­hingya peo­ple have man­aged to es­cape Myan­mar since vi­o­lence erupted in the re­gion in Au­gust.

Refugees who have fled the coun­try have ac­cused the mil­i­tary of a cam­paign of atroc­i­ties, in­clud­ing eth­nic cleans­ing and geno­cide.

Yes­ter­day, the UK Govern­ment’s in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment sec­re­tary, Priti Pa­tel, an­nounced it would match pound for pound the next £2mil­lion that the pub­lic raises to help with the DEC re­lief ef­fort.

The cash will be in ad­di­tion to the £3mil­lion in pub­lic do­na­tions al­ready matched by the UK, which has helped Bri­tain to raise £9mil­lion for the cause.

Ms Pa­tel said: “The UK Govern­ment is work­ing at ev­ery level to en­sure that life­sav­ing aid reaches those in dire need right now.

“The Bri­tish pub­lic has played a re­mark­able role and they should know that their do­na­tions are sav­ing lives.

“Mal­nour­ished chil­dren on the brink of death will now be able to eat, fam­i­lies who have been forced to live out in the open af­ter their vil­lages were burned will get shel­ter, and much needed clean drink­ing water will be pro­vided to help stop the spread of dis­ease.”

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