Bangladesh leader to plead for global help on Ro­hingya cri­sis at UN

Manila Times - - WORLD REPORT - AFP

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Satur­day to plead for global help cop­ing with the Ro­hingya cri­sis as con­di­tions worsen for about 400,000 refugees who have

Many fam­i­lies do not have a shel­ter over their heads and refu and wa­ter de­liv­er­ies.

The gov­ern­ment has put the army in charge of fer­ry­ing for­eign re­lief aid from air­ports to Cox’s Bazar. It also plans to build 14,000 shel­ters, which it hopes will be enough for 400,000 peo­ple. Each shel­ter can house six refugee fam­i­lies.

The prime min­is­ter left a day af­ter her gov­ern­ment sum­moned the Myan­mar am­bas­sador for the third time to protest over its neigh would de­mand more pres­sure on Myan­mar dur­ing talks in New York.

Bangladesh has been over­whelmed by Ro­hingya Mus­lims since vi­o­lence erupted in Bud­dhist-dom­i­nated Myan­mar’s Rakhine state on Au­gust 25.

Con­di­tions are wors­en­ing by the day in the bor­der town of Cox’s to pres­sures on Ro­hingya camps al­ready over­whelmed with 300,000 peo­ple from ear­lier refugee waves.

“Sheikh Hasina will raise the Ro­hingya is­sue dur­ing her speech at the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly. She will seek im­me­di­ate ces­sa­tion of vi­o­lence in Rakhine state in Myan­mar and ask the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral to send a fact - man for the prime min­is­ter, Nazrul Is­lam, told Agence France-Presse.

“She will also call the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the UN to put pres­sure on Myan­mar for the repa­tri­a­tion of all the Ro­hingya refugees to their home­land in Myan­mar,” he said.

For­eign Min­is­ter A. H. Mah­mood Ali ear­lier told re­porters that his coun­try faces “an un­prec over the past three weeks.

“We will con­tinue in­ter­na­tional pres­sure on the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately end its on­go­ing eth­nic cleans­ing of the Ro­hingya,” he added.

Amid mount­ing ten­sions between the two, the for­eign min­istry on Fri­day sum­moned the Myan­mar charge d’af­faires in Dhaka to protest al­leged vi­o­la­tions of its airspace by Myan­mar drones and he­li­copter.

The min­istry warned that the three en­croach­ments between Septem­ber 10 and 14 could lead to “un­war­ranted con­se­quences.”

The Bangladesh gov­ern­ment has also protested to the em­bassy over the plant­ing of land­mines near their bor­der, which has killed sev­eral Ro­hingya, and the treat­ment of the refugees.

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