Asia, Europe FMs to see Rohingya plight in BD

Dhaka

A host of foreign ministers from Asia and Europe descend on Bangladesh Saturday for talks on the Rohingya refugee crisis that has left the impoverished nation reeling.
An estimated 618,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled mainly Buddhist Myanmar since a military crackdown was launched in Rakhine in August, which the United Nations and watchdogs have said amounts to ethnic cleansing.
The talks will discuss international support for Bangladesh, according to an EU statement.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister A. H. Mahmood Ali will take his counterparts from Germany, Sweden and Japan, together with the European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, to the border town of Cox’s Bazar Sunday to see the camps.
Refugees are penned inside vast, squalid camps, and UNICEF estimates that 25,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition that could easily become a major killer.
Dhaka has prohibited the Rohingya from leaving the camps, fearing an influx in its bigger cities. —AFP

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