The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees thanked the Bangladesh government and its people on Monday for their hospitality towards more than 435,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in past months.
UNHCR Filippo Grandi said: "“The spontaneous outpouring of support from the local community, companies and associations across the country has been phenomenal.”
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“I thank Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh for keeping the borders open to receive these refugees. In today’s world that is something that cannot be taken for granted and should be appreciated,” said Grandi, who has been in Bangladesh since September 23.
The visited Kutupalong refugee camp and other areas along the border. Monday was Grandi’s last day in Bangladesh.
“Their situation remains desperate, and we risk a dramatic deterioration if aid is not rapidly stepped up,” he said.
According to Grandi, despite every effort by those on the ground, the massive influx of people seeking safety rapidly outpaced capacities to respond, and the situation has still not been stabilised. UNHCR experts are currently working closely with Bangladesh government to set up an organised site with water, sanitation and other facilities.
“The solutions to this crisis lie within Myanmar. But for now, our immediate focus has to be on dramatically increasing support to those who are so desperately in need,” he concluded.