Australia helps feed Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.

(Nov. 09) The Australian government´s Overseas Aid Program (AusAID) has donated US$460,000 to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Nepal to feed  the Bhutanese refugees living  in two  eastern Nepalese  districts of Jhapa and Morang. This  donation  alone is expected to cover the food needs for the entire  Bhutanese refugee population in the refugee camps  for atleast 20 days, according to the statement of the WFP.

Since the second week of October, the refugees’ ration had been reduced almost to half citing  the severe funding shortage. But now, following this aid from Australian Govt., the UN has resumed the full supplies of ration to them.

“We are very grateful to the Australian Government for their timely contribution and their continued support to the refugees,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Representative in Nepal,

The government of Australia, in a bid to find a durable solution to this long  festering  refugee crisis, is also resettling 5,000 Bhutanese refugees in its land over the next few years. Around one thousand of these refugees have already been resettled in different states of Australia.

With nearly 23 thousand refugees already relocated  in third countries, currently there are close to 86 thousand Bhutanese refugees of Nepali ethnicity  in seven UNHCR supervised camps in Nepal. They  are not legally allowed to go out of the camps for engaging in  income generating works. Therefore, food assistance is a must for them.

2 Responses

  1. I and my Gajmer Family from Netherland are very grateful to the Australian Government for their timely contribution and their continued support to the refugees in every Feild of Need and Hunger……., At the same time ration had been reduced almost to half citing the severe funding shortage.Hope they will be soon have choices for the Third Country Settlement,I wish and advice them that it is better to move to third Country Paths,

  2. Thanks Australian government and people their support to the Bhutanese Refugees in every field of need and hunger,,,,,,,You are our god ,infact you are the world….God bless Australia……

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