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The world needs to act

  • Published at 11:52 pm January 25th, 2019
File photo: A group of Rohingya refugee people walk after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Myanmar has continuously evaded their responsibilities

Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya have sought refuge within Bangladesh’s borders, fleeing the brutal persecution of the Myanmar army. 

In this regard, we have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure that the Rohingya people -- of whom there are more than a million in total -- are taken care of, providing them with the aid they need.

But this has not been easy: Considering our immense population base and already limited sources, Bangladesh has done the best it can, showing extraordinary generosity and kindness in the process.

In this vein, the international community’s role is of utmost importance: Not only can they ease the burden on Bangladesh by providing the necessary support, they can also play a part in coming up with a long-term solution to the problem.

Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. The fact that, over the last few months, more than 1,300 Rohingya refugees have come into Bangladesh from various places around the world goes to show that the pressure on Bangladesh is constantly increasing.  

The initial delay in recognizing the atrocities notwithstanding, the international community must do more to meet the needs of the Rohingya people and ensure that Myanmar does the right thing.

Myanmar has continuously evaded their responsibilities and denied the Myanmar army’s involvement in the heinous crimes carried out against the Rohingya people. 

This is where the world must act. It is only through putting constant pressure on Myanmar -- as it has done, to some extent, by placing sanctions on its army personnel -- that there can be any justice and the Rohingya can return to their homeland of Rakhine.