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23 October 2017

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Rohingya families in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

Statement from UN Migration Agency Director General William Lacy Swing on the Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Geneva - Having just returned from Bangladesh this weekend, I have three very distinct impressions that I would like to share with you as urgent for our consideration.

First of all, the sheer speed, size and scope of the Rohingya refugee crisis that has occurred over the last nearly two months has resulted in a shocking humanitarian emergency that is, I believe, unparalleled in this region and in many parts of the world. You have heard the statistics and it is almost trite to repeat them, but we now have approaching  900,000 people being cared for by the Bangladesh Government, people and local communities at great cost to the country,  and being done in a very professional way. The situation therefore requires an unparalleled response on the part of all of us.

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Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan (right) visits IOM’s Kutupalong Extension Primary Health Care Centre in one of the newly formed makeshift settlements for the Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: IOM 2017

Jordan’s Queen Rania Urges More Global Support for Rohingyas After Visiting IOM’s Kutupalong Clinic

Cox’s Bazar (IOM) – Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan today (23/10) urged the world to pay more attention to the crisis unfolding on the southern border of Bangladesh as she visited IOM’s Kutupalong Extension Primary Health Care Centre in one of the newly formed makeshift settlements for the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.

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Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM 2017

No Food, No Water, No Shelter: Two Days of Muck, Rain and Uncertainty

Cox’s Bazar (IOM) - Last week, the Government of Bangladesh moved near 7,000 Rohingya refugees, who had been stranded in “no man’s land” near the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia District, into more appropriate settlement areas. The Rohingya are fleeing violence, which broke out in Myanmar on 25 August

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Taffan: "Each country I've travelled to has given me knowledge and experiences that have molded me to the person I am today"
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Anjum's Story: It was late in the afternoon when IOM stumbled upon Anjum in Kutupalong. Despite being soaked to the skin, her dress plastered to her body, the mother of two was still desperately trying to protect her half naked baby by wrapping her drenched scarf around his small body. Watch here


Abdul's Story: When Abdul stopped to pick up a half dead Rohingya child he stumbled upon on the road, while he himself was escaping Mondou, his village in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, he was not expecting what followed. Watch here


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Migration in the News

  • Time published an editorial by ILO Director General Guy Ryder, Walk Free Foundation Chairman Andrew Forrest and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing which notes that nearly 150 years after most countries officially abolished it, more than 40 million people remain trapped in modern slavery – either forced into labor or marriage. 
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent and Qatar Today reported about today’s pledging conference in Geneva which aims to raise the necessary resources to enable the humanitarian community to meet the most urgent needs of Rohingya refugees.
  • AFP reported that authorities in Bangladesh were bracing Sunday for another possible surge in Rohingya refugee arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed stranded along the border with Myanmar waiting to cross.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the Bangladeshi government has decided to scale up the monitoring of development works in Cox’s Bazar to ensure improved transportation and healthcare facilities at the Rohingya makeshift camps within the shortest possible time.
  • The Wire reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that according to Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Rohingya crisis has led to an emergency situation for the children who have entered Bangladesh fleeing the violence in Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that rain from Thursday evening coupled with gusty wind continued on Saturday, multiplied the misery of Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that Bangladesh has completed biometric registration of 224,000 Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border to escape Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
  • North Africa Post reported that the humanist migration policy adopted by Morocco stands as a model in the MENA region and the African continent.
  • Libya Observer reported that the Sudanese government announced the arrival of 172 Sudanese citizens returning from Libya under the voluntary repatriation program by IOM.
  • Global Press Journal reported that with as many as four million Zimbabweans living abroad, body repatriation is big business these days with costs that can tally well into the thousands.

Trending on the Internet

  • ANSA reported that immigrants working in Italy account for almost 9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and pay 11.5 billion euros of social security contributions, according to a recent report.
  • Swiss Info reported that asylum seekers often experience traumatic events before migrating to Europe, but even after they obtain refugee status, stressful conditions can foster or exacerbate mental health problems, according to research.


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