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Danish minister visits Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar

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The minister met with government representatives and officials of several organisations during the visit to Cox’s Bazar

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tornaes visited the Rohingyas on her trip to Cox’s Bazar from October 29-30.

She visited the Danish-supported humanitarian projects that help with immediate protection, food aid and shelter for hundreds of thousands Rohingyas.

The minister met with government representatives and officials of several organisations during the visit to Cox’s Bazar, according to a press release by the Danish Embassy.

The Danish minister, expressing the need for international support, said: “Bangladesh has performed a great task by receiving this huge number of refugees but it is very important that the international community now steps up to support Bangladesh and the affected local communities around Cox’s Bazar. Bangladesh cannot solve this crisis alone.

“Denmark reacted swiftly with substantial humanitarian aid when the crisis began in August. So far, we have allocated and committed over DKK120 million ($18.7 million) for civilians in Rakhine as well as for the hundreds of thousands Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar.”

She added: “I am especially concerned about the many women and children who have been exposed to brutal attacks and sexual violence. They are particularly vulnerable. Denmark also supports One-Stop-Crisis Centres near the refugee camps. The centres take care of traumatised women and children in a safe environment.”

According to the United Nations, more than 600,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar since August 25.

Denmark’s most recent humanitarian commitment came at the UN’s Donor’s Conference in Geneva where Ulla Tornaes pledged to commit an additional DKK32 million ($5 million) to UNHCR for the most affected refugees and for the people affected in the communities in Cox’s Bazar.

Denmark has also contributed with DKK40 million to Red Cross International and UN’s World Food Program as well as previous donations to UNHCR and Danish NGO’s working in the area.

Source Dhaka Tribune

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