Appeal: Government to double £2m of donations
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.”