Backing Turkey’s request that Bangladesh open its borders to fleeing Rohingya Muslims, amid warnings that more people from the minority group were headed for the frontier. UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokeswoman Duniya Aslam Khan and UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac spoke to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday in Geneva about the thousands of Rohingya Muslims trying to escape violence in Myanmar by crossing into Bangladesh.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday called on Bangladesh to open its frontier to the fleeing Rohingya from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.
He said Ankara was urging Bangladesh to grant access to the Rohingya, saying Turkey would help pay to support the refugees.
Khan described Turkey’s move as a “very positive and encouraging initiative,” which set an example for other countries.
She said it was “high time” the world united to support those “uprooted and who are forced to flee their homes and live in a refugee situation”.
Khan said it was taking the refugees, on average, three days to reach the Bangladeshi border, adding many had no food, some lacked footwear and others had been reduced to drinking rainwater. —Agencies