UN Goodwill Ambassador urges action for Rohingya refugee children

November 21, 2017 Off By Web Desk

New York � Marking World Children’s Day, actress Kristin Davis on Monday called for global attention and funding to provide more life-saving aid for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh, as part of her advocacy work for the United Nations refugee agency, UN News reported.

For me, the most shocking part of the Rohingya refugee crisis is the number of children who have had to flee their homes, Ms. Davis, Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at the end of her visit to Kutupalong Refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Over half of the refugees in the camp are children. Some of them have lost one or both parents and they are on their own, she said, adding that they need everything, including the very basics of shelter, water and food.

I can’t imagine going through what these children and their families have gone through, much less having the strength, resilience and extraordinary bravery these children possess, Ms. Davis said.

According to the UN, more than 600,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh since military crackdown erupted against them in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on August 25. Children make up 54 percent of the total population.

This is currently the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world and seeing the impact of this emergency on children is devastating, the Goodwill Ambassador continued.

The fact is that more funding, more donations, will save lives. Governments, the public, private sector, businesses, we all need to do what we can to help and donate now to support the Rohingya refugees, she added.

UNHCR requires $83.7 million to respond to humanitarian needs in Bangladesh until the end of February 2018 in order to meet the acute needs of children, women and men fleeing conflict. UNHCR’s response is currently less than half funded.

Source: International Islamic News Agency