Jordanian Queen Rania to meet Rohingyas

20 Oct 2017, 19:10

Online Desk

Dhaka: Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Cox's Bazar on Monday (Oct 23) to see for herself the Rohingya situation on the ground.

Queen Rania is scheduled to arrive here on Monday morning, an official told news agency UNB on Friday.

In her capacity as a board member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and as an advocate of the work of UN humanitarian agencies, the Queen will visit Rohingyas.

Her visit underscores the urgent need for a dramatic increase in humanitarian assistance for this vulnerable population, said an official on Friday.

Rania will visit Kutupalong Refugee Camp and its surroundings in Cox's Bazar, where she will meet women and children who have recently crossed the border from Myanmar and see some of the emergency services offered by the IRC, UNHCR, UNICEF, and other humanitarian agencies on the ground, the official said.

At the conclusion of the visit, she will make a press statement.

Since late August 25, around 6 lakh Rohingyas, consisting of women and children in the majority, have arrived in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, marking the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades and a major humanitarian emergency.

In Bangladesh, the total number of Rohingyas is now estimated to have reached around 900,000 people, with more expected to arrive, according to international aid agencies.

The sheer number of new arrivals has overwhelmed pre-existing service providers, leading to significant challenges in the provision of essential lifesaving services and highlighting the need for greater concerted urgent international response.