The World Bank Group has said the violence, destruction and forced displacement of the Rohingyas deeply concerns them.
The statement was made to uphold the institution’s values as it is dedicated to the fundamental principles of non-discrimination, social inclusion and economic opportunity for all.
“In the crisis’s context we’ve reviewed our engagement in the country to strengthen our focus on high-impact projects that support education, health services, electricity, rural roads and inclusion of all ethnic groups and religions, particularly in Rakhine state,” said the lending agency.
The group also added that it assessed the conditions of its recently approved development policy loan and concluded that further progress is needed for the loan to be made effective.
The lending agency is coordinating closely with the UN and the wider international community to encourage the government to take urgent steps to deescalate the situation and support a broad and inclusive humanitarian response, including paving the way for the return of refugees and internally displaced populations, together.
Bangladesh asked the World Bank on Thursday for support to cope with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. “We’ve said we’re ready to move with a program of support for the government, host communities and refugees,” said the Washington-based lending agency in a press conference.