Dhaka – Bangladesh has urged the Asian Development Bank to raise the issue of Rohingya refugees with the international community to draw more humanitarian assistance for the persecuted Muslims driven away by the military from their homes in Myanmar.
Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen made the call on Monday when the bank’s country head in Bangladesh called on the minister at his office in Dhaka, according to a press statement of the foreign ministry.
The minister also praised the lending agency for providing 100 million dollars to meet the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands of whom fled a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017.
More than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living in squalid camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar after they were evicted by army from their homes in Rakhine.
Of them, 750,000 crossed the border after the latest military crackdown, termed a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, on August 25, 2017. The crackdown left unknown number of Rohingya Muslims killed, tortured and that their women raped before they fled to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, despite having land and resources constraint, has been looking after the huge number of Rohingya population with the help of the international aid agencies since then.
The ADB has been a leading multilateral development partner of Bangladesh since 1973.