UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar

UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar

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SOURCE : INTERNET
United Nations, Oct 20 : The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.
“The world has rarely witnessed a refugee crisis of such speed, with more than half a million crossing into Bangladesh in just over a month,” said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), on Wednesday, as he completed a three-day visit to Bangladesh.
“The arc of misery that exists between Northern Rakhine state and Cox’s Bazar is deeply upsetting – too many people suffering desperately with too little support,” he said, adding that just two days ago, some 1,500 more Rohingya refugees waded through a river as monsoon rains drenched the country.
The Bangladesh Government has confirmed that it will move an estimated 15,000 people currently stranded in a so-called “no man’s land” near the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia District, into more appropriate settlement areas.
Director General Swing began his visit with a day-long tour of the makeshift settlements in Ukhia and Teknaf sub-districts, where an estimated 800,000 refugees are now living, to observe the scale of the crisis and the sheer enormity of needs.