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Rohingya refugees at risk in Cox’s Bazar: Envoys

Staff Correspondent     14th September, 2017 02:26:26 printer

Rohingya refugees at risk in Cox’s Bazar: Envoys

Foreign diplomats have observed that Rohingya refugees are at serious risk in Cox’s Bazar and they need assistance on an urgent basis.


They made the observation while talking to the media after visiting Rohingya camps in the coastal district on Wednesday.


A delegation of 63 diplomats from 40 countries flew to Cox’s Bazar to observe the situation created over the massive influxes of stateless Rohingya Muslims.


During the period, the envoys talked with many of the ethnic minority fled the deadly violence in Myanmar.


The envoys also visited Bangladesh border with Myanmar at Ghumdhum in Bandarban to see the desperate plight of Rohingya people.


They heaped praise on Bangladesh for providing the Rohingyas refugees in Cox’s Bazar with assistance.


They gave an assurance that they would assist Bangladesh in dealing with the Rohingya issue.


As part of its hectic diplomatic efforts, the Bangladesh foreign ministry arranged the visit of the diplomats.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and senior officials accompanied them.


Although the Rohingya crisis is Myanmar's own problem, Bangladesh is being affected by it, Shahriar Alam said.


“Bangladesh is facing the problem over huge influxes of the Rohingyas fled the persecution by Myanmar’s security forces,” he added.


As the problem has been created by the Myanmar government, they'll have to resolve it, he also said.


Shahriar Alam called upon the international community and the United Nations to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.


Around 370,000 Rohingyas have reportedly fled to Bangladesh since August 25 when violence against the ethnic Muslim group flared up in the homeland.


Bangladesh has already given refuge to 400,000 Rohingyas in the last three decades. Now the number of Myanmar nationals has crossed 770,000 in Bangladesh.


In the wake of the ongoing influxes of the Rohingya, they are facing a staggering humanitarian disaster.


The Bangladesh government has urged the international community to assist them in addressing the crisis.