Strategic support necessary to deal with Rohingya crisis: UNHCR

25 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and prominent South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung has laid emphasis on a ‘strategic support’ plan for the Rohingya people and their host community in Bangladesh amid the absence of a political solution to Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.

“Although there was a great support from the Bangladesh government as well the host community, I still see a lack of political solution for the Rohingya refugees,” he told UNB in an interview during his second visit to Bangladesh to see the Rohingya situation on the ground.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar with around 741,000 fleeing Myanmar since August 2017, officials say.

Despite living in Myanmar for generations, the Rohingya people lost their citizenship following a change in Myanmar laws in 1982.

Talking about his role in helping these vulnerable people, the UNHCR envoy said there are people who do not even get to know about them as the conflicts continue other parts of the world.

“There’s a need for everyone to know about these problems globally. So, my role is to share the stories to people in Korea and around Asia and the plights of refugees, which I believe, may lead to a solution for them,” said Jung who has undertaken extensive awareness and fundraising activities for Rohingyas that he has met in Cox’s Bazar twice.

He thanked the government of Bangladesh and the local community expressing his deep respect for showing the generosity by giving Rohingya people shelter safely.