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NI's £70,000 donation to help refugees

By Victoria Leonard

Northern Ireland residents donated over £70,000 to refugees fleeing Myanmar within 24 hours of the launch of a joint fundraising appeal.

More than half a million people, mostly Rohingya women and children, are in urgent need of shelter, medical care, food and water as they flee violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and seek refuge in Bangladesh.

The money raised is supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Northern Ireland, which brings together the British Red Cross, Concern Worldwide, Save the Children and Tearfund.

The funds help to respond to the growing needs of those uprooted from their homes, as well as to aid the host communities in Bangladesh.

Teams on the ground have been providing emergency relief including food, water, shelter and medical care to children, women and men in makeshift settlements.

The donations from Northern Ireland are part of an overall total of more than £3m given by the UK public, which includes £1.2m from the UK Government, which is matching the first £3m of donations.

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