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UN chief hears ‘unimaginable’ accounts of killing, rape from Rohingyas


Cnews: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, now visiting Rohingya camp, heard ‘unimaginable accounts of killing and rape from Rohingya refugees’ who recently fled Myanmar.

‘They want justice and a safe return home,’ he tweeted from Rohingya camp on Monday, reports the UNB.

In another tweet ahead of reaching the Rohingya camp the UN Chief said the Rohingyas are one of the most discriminated and vulnerable communities on earth.

‘The Rohingya refugee crisis is a humanitarian and human rights nightmare. I thank Bangladesh for its generosity in hosting the refugees,’ he said.

He said he is along with Jim Yong Kim in Cox’s Bazar on a mission of solidarity with Rohingya refugees and the communities supporting them.

‘The compassion generosity of the Bangladeshi people shows the best of humanity and saved many thousands of lives,’ he said in another tweet message.

Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim arrived here on Monday morning to visit Rohingya communities and humanitarian workers in Cox’s Bazar district to advocate for increased donor support.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees FilippoGrandi, among others, are accompanying the UN chief, an official told UNB.

They arrived at Kutupalong at 10:30am and are now visiting Kutupalong transit centre.

They arrived here at Cox’s Bazar airport by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 8:45am.

The visit, an official said, will also highlight the ‘generosity’ of Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingyas as well as the need for the international community ‘to do more.’

They will review the situation of the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh, and assess progress towards a safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees, in line with international standards, according to UN officials.

The visit also aims to lay the groundwork for further dialogue with the government of Bangladesh on medium-term planning for the refugee situation and to reiterate the UN and the World Bank’s support for finding comprehensive solutions to the situation of the Rohingya people, said the UN.

Ahead of the Rohingya camp visit, WB President Kim on Sunday said, ‘We’re all extremely concerned about the situation of Rohingyas.’

Appreciating Bangladesh’s generous support, the visiting World Bank President insisted that generous humane countries that support refugees should not be punished.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said Bangladesh certainly wants Rohingyas to go back to their country from Bangladesh with dignity and safety. ‘That is what we want.’

Terming the situation a humanitarian tragedy, the WB chief said they need to move on this to make sure that the issue is addressed in a peaceful way.

Since August last year, more than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter from violence in Myanmar in the Cox’s Bazar district, making it the world’s largest and fastest growing refugee camp, and putting pressure on the environment, existing infrastructure, and social services that were already constrained.

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