Diplomats visit Rohingya refugee camps

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 11:42, Sep 13,2017 | Updated: 21:05, Sep 13,2017


A group of diplomats, stationed in Dhaka, on Wednesday visited the displaced Rohingyas who have taken shelter at Kutupalang refugee camp in Ukhiya of Cox's Bazar.-- Focusbangla photo

A group of diplomats, stationed in Dhaka, on Wednesday visited the displaced Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh amid persecution by Myanmar security forces in their country.

 Sixty-three representatives, including ambassadors and high commissioners of 30 countries, visited the Rohingya camps in Kutupalong and Balukhali, and talked to the Rohingya people.

They also visited the entry points along Coxs Bazar-Ukhia-Teknaf road, including Ghumdhum area.

Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam, foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and foreign ministry senior officials accompanied them.

 Talking to reporters, Shahriar Alam said, ‘Although the Rohingya crisis is Myanmar's own problem, Bangladesh is being affected by it. Bangladesh is facing a fresh influx of Rohingyas in the face of persecution by the Myanmar security forces. The problem was created by the Myanmar government and they'll have to resolve it.’

He also urged the United Nations and other international organisations to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas refugees from Bangladesh.

Earlier, the diplomats flew in here from Dhaka around 12 noon to see the Rohingya plight.

After reaching Cox's Bazar, the diplomats directly went to Kutupalong Rohingya camp to visit the refugees.

Over 370,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and old people, fled violence to seek safety in Bangladesh since August 25 when Myanmar security forces launched attacks on them Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

The envoys acknowledged that the world community has to come forward in a big way in aid of the suffering people and humanity.

They said it is a disaster of unimaginable proportions. These Rohingyas have lost everything and left behind all their belongings while fleeing from the Rakhine state. Those who are fleeing from persecution on the other side needs urgent help and support and continued assistance.

Huge relief effort is underway and the district administration is trying their best to provide food, clothing and shelter. But the numbers keep swelling every day.

From the birder they could see smoke coming from the other side of the border (Maungdaw) and heard that villages and townships were being torched.

There were also accounts from Rohingyas that villages and townships were being set on fire in the bordering areas within Myanmar. They saw a sense of fear and insecurity in them lest they have to go back. They tried to provide them with a sense of security now that they are within Bangladesh.

All the envoys praised the aid and assistance provided by Bangladesh for the Rohingyas.

The generosity of Bangladesh to provide shelter to so many Rohingyas fleeing from persecution on the other side was widely acclaimed.

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