Dhaka – As Bangladesh has been reeling under the burden of more than 1 million refugees, its foreign minister on Wednesday urged a US actress to organize an event in Hollywood to drum support for the Rohingya Muslims living in squalid camps in the South Asian country.
Such event involving showbiz stars will create a louder voice among international community for the most persecuted ethnic group in the world, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Kamal Andul Momen told Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.
Jolie, who wrapped up her three-day mission to Bangladesh to see the plights of the refugees in the camps located in Cox’s Bazar, met the foreign minister at his office in the afternoon.
“I proposed her to arrange a mega event in Hollywood to create a louder international opinion for Rohingya as she is a big voice,” Momen told newsmen after the meeting with Jolie.
The US actress arrived in Bangladesh on Monday as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commission for Refugee and spent two days in Cox’s Bazar to talks to the refugees under the tent.
She called upon the Myanmar authorities to show genuine intent to stop violence in Rakhine, from where Rohingya Muslims in their hundreds of thousands fled a violent crackdown to Bangladesh.
Momen said he made the proposal recalling the huge impact of famous singer George Harrison’s historic “Concert for Bangladesh” in New York in 1971.
He said Jolie “wants secured return of Rohingya to their homeland” agreeing to Bangladesh’s standpoint and vowed that she would act “all possible ways within her capacity” to realize the right of displaced Rohingya.
newsnextbd.com/n; Reporting by Nazrul Islam in Dhaka