Joint delegation from Australia, New Zealand visits Cox’s Bazar

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:43pm on September 09, 2018


Rohingya children attend an informal school at the Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar district on November 4, 2017. — AFP photo

A delegation from the New Zealand high commission in New Delhi and the Australian high commission in Dhaka travelled to Cox’s Bazar to look at the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis.
The visit was part of a broader visit by the New Zealand high commissioner Joanna Kempkers to Bangladesh from 2-6 September, said a press release of the Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Sunday.
The joint Australia and New Zealand delegation, led by the Australian and New Zealand high commissioners, visited a UNFPA Women’s Friendly Space and UNHCR projects.
The delegation met with Australian and New Zealand humanitarian experts working with a range of agencies in the camps and with the refugee relief and repatriation commissioner to learn how the Rohingya crisis is affecting the host community in Cox’s Bazar.
‘New Zealand applauds the government of Bangladesh for its ongoing efforts to support Rohingya people,’ said New Zealand high commissioner Joanna Kempkers as mentioned in the release.
The New Zealand government remains committed to playing its part to support those in need, it said.
Australian high commissioner Julia Niblett said, ‘A year on from the onset of the crisis, it’s incredible to see how much work has been done to provide live-saving services for over 700,000 Rohingya in need. However, there is still more to be done, particularly in addressing gender-based violence and supporting women and girls.’
Australia, the release mentioned, remains committed to this going forward.
Australia and New Zealand are committed to working with Bangladesh to support those in need, particularly vulnerable women and girls, providing shelter for Rohingya people and support to the host community, the release mentioned.