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5 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Rohingyas: Stand firmly beside Dhaka

Rohingyas: Stand firmly beside Dhaka

The visit of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to Cox’s Bazar’s Rohingya camps would not help to ensure an early return of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar, but their visit has certainly highlighted the dire straits these people are now in their camps. With the continuing monsoon rains, forthcoming cyclones, risk of natural disasters and disease outbreaks, the condition of these people has become still more vulnerable.

Both of these two men directly saw the extreme hardships Rohingyas are facing and they felt the need of greater support for the largest and most densely populated refugee settlement in the world. Nations around the world know for sure that Bangladesh government cannot bear the cost of safe living of these oppressed people.

Thinking of this prospect, in an earlier crisis when Rohingyas used to flee Myanmar for taking shelter inside its land, Bangladesh government tried to push these people back, but concern for the humanity triumphed when last year the crisis erupted again in Rakhine like a volcano, and Bangladesh opened the border to accept them. The international community showered on Bangladesh the deserved praise for it.

But the richer nations of the world now should extend their full support to help Bangladesh government avert a humanitarian crisis that can arise in absence of adequate aid. It is good to notice that UN Secretary General and World Bank President both made their commitment to stand beside Rohingyas and urge the international community to step up their support for Rohingyas.

While helping generously these people in financial terms, the rich and powerful nations must also press Myanmar to take back the displaced people as early as possible. On this particular point, nations need to act tough measures against Myanmar so that Rohingyas are given back their identity as Myanmarese citizens before they are taken to their homeland in Rakhine. A mere return to their homeland will not stop the sufferings of this most oppressed community on earth.

Even when the international community was building up pressure on Myanmar, it assumed a dilly-dally approach to take back Rohingyas, evidently, to hoodwink the international community. This is because several nations including China and India lent their support for Myanmar on geopolitical grounds. But selfish gains of states mean little when humanity is subjected to large-scale sufferings as Rohingyas of Myanmar have endured.  

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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