UN humanitarian chief to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh
October 1st, 2017 at 4:58 pm
UN humanitarian chief to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Dhaka – The United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday, an official statement said Sunday.

Executive Director of United Nationals Children’s Fund Anthony Lake will also join Lowcock on a three-day visit to see situation of the Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh fleeing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.

“The purpose of the joint mission is to see, first-hand, the devastating humanitarian situation of the Rohingya people,” a UNICEF press release said.

They will fly to Cox’s Bazar on Monday to see the condition of the Rohingya.

Lowcock and Lake will brief the media on the latest updates on the Rohingya crisis, response and funding needs at the Ocean Paradise Hotel in Cox’s Bazar town at 2 pm on October 3, the release said.

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims enter Bangladesh to escape unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after Burmese army launched crackdown on suspected Rohingya insurgents on August 25.

The refugees have been in dire need of food, shelter, medicine and other basic amenities as they flee their homes almost empty handed.

Bangladesh has been hosting well over 700,000 Rohingya by now, the release said.

“The scale of the emergency has far surpassed initial projections,” it said adding that initial response plan, launched on September 7, sought 77 million dollars to assist 300,000 people.

“As of September 39, the plan has received $36.4 million, or 47 per cent, of the funding requirements for the coordinated response,” it said.

The humanitarian partners are now revising the initial plan to account for the massive additional needs.