Angelina Jolie Urges to Save Rohingya Refugees

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie speaks at a press conference in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR / Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie speaks at a press conference in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR / Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo

Visiting Bangladesh, Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said the world must not turn away from the nearly one million Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

According to a UN report, she urged continued support for those who have been displaced, until the Myanmar authorities show the genuine commitment needed to end a decades-long cycle of violence and displacement.

In a statement she told the refugees: “You have every right to live in security, to be free to practice your religion and to coexist with people of other faiths and ethnicities. You have every right not to be stateless, and the way you have been treated shames us all.”

Ms Jolie added that Bangladesh is a generous country rich in culture and history, but with limited resources, and it cannot be left to shoulder the responsibility of hosting Rohingya refugees alone.

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“So I urge the international community to continue to provide the humanitarian aid necessary to meet the needs of the refugees and support the communities so generously hosting them,” she said.

Last week, UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie was in Kutupalong refugee settlement, Bangladesh.

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