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Updated On: Monday, 24 September 2018

Unicef Rohingya Children

Content by: South-South News

23 February 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — A UNICEF report released on Thursday (22 Feb) called for urgent needs to assist over 720,000 Rohingya children who are in danger due to the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh and the ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar.

Simon Ingram, UNICEF Report Author and Senior Communication Advisor told journalists Thursday in Geneva “in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, we see Rohingya children being forced to flee from their homes in mid terrible violence, children who now find themselves trapped in circumstances beyond their control, deprived of many of their basic rights and fearful of what the future holds for them. Our report issues a strong call to action on behalf of all Rohingya children, setting out specific requests for the government of Myanmar and Bangladesh and of the international community.”

Edouard Beigbeder, Representative of UNICEF in Bangladesh said “this report is as well calling for action and it is a call of the government of Bangladesh to provide additional land to allow for the congesting of the camp in southern Bangladesh to ensure adequate access to water, sanitation, health and other services to continue to support the extension of multi-lingual education for all children in the camps and to start a system of birth registration for all Rohingya children born in Bangladesh and finally to discuss about how to allow a refugee status for all children and the families which are refugees in Bangladesh.”

Beigbeder noted “the first pillar is survival, the second pillar would be hope and there is definitely a need to bring hope to these children and to their parents. And this is where the school component and the education component is so important. It is not only to bring the children back to school, but it is as well to bring them in a normal environment.”

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