Terming the Rohingya crisis ‘a very large humanitarian crisis’, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing on Tuesday lauded Bangladesh for the “great generosity” the country is showing towards the Rohingyas, forcibly displaced from Myanmar, reports BSS.
“I wish to extend my firm gratitude to the Bangladesh prime minister, the government and the people for the great generosity in keeping the borders open and trying to give assistance from their ability,” he told newsmen after a view exchange meeting on the Rohingyas crisis at a hotel in the city.
William Lacy Swing exchanged views with the Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on the issue. Senior officials concerned were present on the occasion.
Lacy said, “We agreed that this is a very large humanitarian crisis...Rohingya people of Myanmar’s Rakhine state are scared and fleeing to Bangladesh and around 5,50,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since the violence started.”
He said, “We, during the view exchange meeting, also talked about the need to continue the coordination between the United Nations and other international agencies.”
An emergency meeting will be held in Geneva on October 23 and representatives of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and OCHA of the UN will attend it to raise a fund of 435 million US dollar, he added.
Lacy said the conference will provide the governments an opportunity to show their solidarity and share the “burden and responsibility.”
“It’s clear that the Rohingya people are still coming...We have a plan on how to manage them,” Lacy said, adding, “I think there will a need to hold dialogues on Kofi Annan Commission report to solve the crisis.”
Minister Maya also talked to reporters. He said, “We have already set up 1,10,000 houses for Rohingya families against our target of making 1,50,000 houses.” Of those, IOM set up 46,000 houses, he said, adding the IOM distributed cookeries among 1 lakh Rohingyas.
Besides, the IOM also distributed 15,000 umbrellas and 4,600 mats among the Rohingyas, Maya said.
He said the IOM sought Taka 1,000 crore from different humanitarian agencies and got assurances for Taka 200 crore. “We hope that the rest amount will also be collected after the Geneva meeting.”