Australian MPs visit Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar

Staff Correspondent

13 August, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Seven Australian parliamentarians visited Cox’s Bazar to observe the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis from August 6-9.

This visit was arranged as part of the Australian Aid & Parliament Project, an initiative of Save the Children Australia, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Australian Aid & Parliament Project provides Parliamentarians with a direct experience of aid programming, allowing them to see for themselves the effectiveness, benefits and positive impacts of the Australian Aid programme and humanitarian response in Bangladesh.

The delegation visited a range of projects supported by Australian Aid, including a

Care Women Friendly Space, Plan Temporary Learning Center, Oxfam WASH facility and World Food Programme food distribution point.  

The delegation also visited BRAC’s Community Empowerment Program to learn how the Rohingya crisis is affecting the host community in Cox’s Bazar, said a press release.

During the visit, Luke Howarth MP said ‘It’s important to know that Australian aid is being invested well’.

The delegation was highly appreciative of the Government of Bangladesh and its ongoing efforts to support Rohingya people.