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UNHCR wishes peace, prosperity for Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:39 pm March 26th, 2021
web-UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
File photo: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi meets with Rohingya children taking part in a mental health programme at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, April 26, 2019 UNHCR/Will Swanson

The UN high commissioner said they were first hand witnesses then to the incredible resilience of the Bangladeshi people

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has wished for peace and prosperity for the next 50 years of Bangladesh saying he is sure it will become one of the great first centuries of any nation.

“It is my great pleasure to congratulate the people and government of Bangladesh on the 50th anniversary of your independence. We at the UNHCR have been honoured to stand with Bangladesh since its inception," he said in a message on the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh.

He said March 1971 was a turning point for them too. 

"Our work with the ten million Bangladeshis who sought refuge in India was the first time UNHCR was asked to coordinate international assistance for refugees,” he added.

The high commissioner said they were first hand witnesses then to the incredible resilience of the Bangladeshi people and remain in awe now of their generosity to nearly one million Rohingyas, who have sought refuge in Bangladesh.

"Even as you overcome challenges, like the current pandemic,” Grandi added.

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