Academy Award-winning actress and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett said more international support for Rohingya people and host communities is urgently needed ahead of monsoon rains.
In an UNHCR statement on Wednesday marking completion of her Cox’s Bazar visit, the acclaimed Australian actress and theatre director also warned of a ‘race against time’ to protect Rohingya people from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh.
Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than 1 lakh forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district at serious risk in the coming months.
Blanchett called for urgent action to support the UN refugee agency UNHCR and its partners and work with the Bangladesh government to avoid an ‘emergency within an emergency’.
Since August 2017, about 7 lakh Rohingya people from Myanmar have sought safety in Bangladesh. ‘The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys. They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,’ Blanchett said, speaking at the end of her visit to Kutupalong and Nayapara this week.
Blanchett also called for the international community to show solidarity and share the responsibility of this crisis with the government and the people of Bangladesh.
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