The representative of UNICEF in Bangladesh is in Brussels since Thursday 12 October. He wished to alert the European Union to the situation of the Rohingya refugees there. More than 800,000 have fled Myanmar and crossed the border into Bangladesh. A country that does not have the financial means to provide for itself, but has welcomed these refugees. The health situation is urgent. UNICEF fears a cholera epidemic. Build sanitary facilities and distribute water and food.
80% of the Rohingya refugees who arrived in Bangladesh are women and children. Edouard Beigbedder UNICEF representative in Bangladesh said that the country had not sought to close its borders or to deport the Rohingyas who arrived hundreds of thousands in August.
” The government of Bangladesh has had a very human attitude in letting these refugees return to their own country, but in fact, they are deprived of the situation and how to support them at the moment and long term. They do not have the financial means to help them, “he explains.
UNICEF needs 70 million euros to finance the infrastructure needed to accommodate these refugees. ” There is a tremendous need for health, nutrition, water, and sanitation,” says Edouard Beigbedder. It’s like trying to arrange a city the size of Washington in a few days. I have come to warn about the situation, to have an exchange with the European Union and to provide a minimum of support.
The European Union has already voted an additional € 3 million to tackle the humanitarian crisis last month.