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IOM to help Bangladesh repatriate Rohingyas

  • Published at 09:48 pm July 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:51 pm July 16th, 2018
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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing meets with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the latter's office in Dhaka on Monday; July 16, 2018 PID

The IOM DG is visiting Bangladesh to observe the situation of Rohingyas

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that it will extend its support to Bangladesh for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

Visiting IOM Director General (DG) William Lacy Swing gave the assurance to Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina at a meeting at her office on Monday, according to the PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, who briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the IOM DG visited Cox's Bazar to assess the plight of Rohingyas on the ground, reports UNB.

The IOM DG thanked the Bangladesh government for its cooperation and support for the displaced Rohingya people.

He said he witnessed the sufferings of the local Bangladeshis in Cox’s Bazar due to the influx of the Rohingyas and said all must come together to resolve the crisis.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that she does not know how long the Rohingyas will stay in Bangladesh. 

She added that the government is preparing an island to relocate the Rohingyas from Cox's Bazar to ensure their safety.

She said the August-September is the flooding season in Bangladesh while October-November is a cyclone-prone period. "Keeping that in mind, we have prepared for shelter on the island. There will be cyclone shelters on that island."

The prime minister also said that the government will provide healthcare and education to the Rohingyas.

She also said that the government has engaged the army, navy, air force, police, and administration in efforts to manage the refugees.

Regarding the agreement signed between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation of the Rohingyas, she said Myanmar is not acting as per the agreement.

The IOM DG arrived in Dhaka on Saturday for a three-day visit.