Keep aside politics from Rohingya refugee issue: UN


PV International Desk : The United Nations (UN) has urged the international community to keep aside politics and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh who fled violence seeking safety here.
“I think the entire international community should support the ongoing humanitarian efforts, regardless of politics. These are people in need. These are very vulnerable people who have crossed the border, who’ve, as we said, are hungry and are malnourished and deserve to be helped,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at a press briefing.
He said the reports they are getting and the pictures they are seeing are the heartbreaking ones to say the least.
Quoting their humanitarian colleagues, he said an estimated 370,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since August 25 last.
Many of the new refugees are staying in makeshift settlements or with host communities who are generously sharing whatever they have.
The government of Bangladesh has asked the UN to help establish a new camp to house the newly arrived refugees, he said.
A flight chartered by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carrying emergency aid — such as shelter materials, sleeping mats and other supplies — for Rohingya refugees has landed in Bangladesh.