08:50 PM, February 07, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:57 PM, February 07, 2019
World must not turn away from Rohingyas: Angelina Jolie
UNHCR envoy and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie today said the world must not turn away from the nearly one million Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
She also urged the world leaders to provide their continued support to the displaced Rohingya refugees, until the Myanmar authorities show the genuine commitment needed to end a decades-long cycle of violence and displacement, according to a press release of the UNHCR.
Jolie, who left Dhaka early today after concluding her visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, also expressed concerns that the future of a generation of Rohingya children would be at risk without an urgent expansion and strengthening of educational opportunities.
The Special Envoy of the UNHCR held official meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, yesterday where she expressed UNHCR’s gratitude to the people and Government of Bangladesh for their generosity in receiving over 700,000 refugees since August 2017.
Her visit came just ahead of a new funding appeal, the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP), to be launched next week by UNHCR, along with other humanitarian agencies, said the UNHCR. It seeks to raise more than US$920 million to assist Rohingya refugees and affected local communities this year. Jolie reiterated UNHCR’s support for collective efforts to enable Rohingyas to live dignified lives in Bangladesh and the pursuit of lasting solutions.
Jolie began her three-day visit on Monday at Chakmarkul and Kutupalong Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, where she heard testimonies from Rohingya women, children and men who have endured a lifetime of persecution and discrimination.
There she witnessed some of the remarkable humanitarian response efforts to date, including a registration process, led jointly by the government and UNHCR that is providing many refugees with a legal identity for the first time. She also visited a transit centre for newly arrived refugees and a hospital giving much-needed care and support to women and girls.
She, during her visit, said until the Rohingya refugees can voluntarily return home to Myanmar, all have a collective responsibility to ensure that they can continue to live dignified lives in Bangladesh.
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