Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks UN help

Rohingya refugees in dstress

Bangladesh government sought the support of the United Nations to bring the Rohingya refugees back to their country.

The UN agencies have also extended their aid to help the people who fled Rakhine state in the wake of violence. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali raised the issue when Under Secretary General Anthony Lake jointly met him at his office on Wednesday.

According to Mahmood Ali, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi recently sent her representative union minister who conveyed their willingness to take back their nationals who took refuge in Bangladesh, said a statement of Bangladesh Foreigh Ministry.

The foreign minister said the number of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals exceeded 9,00,000 as over 5,00,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh in just one month. Up to 60 per cent of the Rohingyas who have fled since August 25 are estimated to be children.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has appealed to the UN for 119.77 million US dollars to provide aid to over 5,00,000 newly arrived Rohingya are now living in difficult circumstances in makeshift camps at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh

The majority arrived with little or nothing, joining an estimated 300,000 that had fled in earlier waves of displacement, said an IOM press release on Wednesday.
The UN officials were said to have praised Bangladesh and its people for helping the helpless Rohingyas and conveyed Ali about UN initiatives to raise funds to cover the increasing humanitarian needs.