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PM Hasina visits Kutupalong Rohingya camp

PM Hasina visits Kutupalong Rohingya camp
PM Hasina visits Kutupalong Rohingya camp
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a delegation reached Kutupalong Registered Camp for displaced Rohingya refugees at 11:30 am Tuesday.

She inspected the conditions in the camp and distributed aid among the refugees.

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The prime minister told the media: “We gave them [Rohingya refugees] shelter in our country on humanitarian grounds. Our houses were also burnt down in 1971. People fled to India when they had nowhere to go. So we are doing everything in our power to help them.

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“The Rohingya in Bangladesh are being provided with food and shelter. I urge the international community to exert pressure on Myanmar to repatriate the Rohingya. We will fulfill our responsibilities as a neighbour.”

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PM Hasina further said: “Does the senseless slaughter in Myanmar not impinge their conscience? The folly of the few is displacing hundreds of thousands. There are many here today who have not seen the atrocities of 1971. But we have, and we will use that memory to ensure the Rohingya suffer no further.”

The Prime Minister reached around 11:40 am on Tuesday.

Earlier, Hasina left Dhaka on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight around 9:15am on Tuesday to distribute aid among Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.

The premier traveled by road to the Kutupalang refugee camp in Ukhia Upazila after she landed at the Chittagong airport.

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Sheikh Hasina talked to some Rohingya refugees in a camp of Kutupalong. At that time, a gloomy, dismal and painful situation was created in the camp area.

The prime minister is accompanied by Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, State Minister for Defence Mosharraf Hossain and State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury.

More than three lakh Myanmar nationals entered Bangladesh since August 23 amid violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

-SAM

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