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Updated On: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Development Issues

Chopra with Rohingya Children

Content by: South-South News

29 May 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra called for more support for vulnerable Rohingya refugee children and women following a four-day trip to refugee camps and informal settlements in Bangladesh.

Chopra said her visit helped her better understand the enormity of this crisis. She noted the progress made by UNICEF and its partners to support women and children in the camps but said much more support was needed.

The goodwill ambassador visited UNICEF-supported learning centers and child-friendly spaces where she actively participated in lessons, games and songs and learned about the challenges in providing Rohingya children with education.

“All those drawing that those kids had were of carnage and violence, and these are children who are eight, nine, five, impressionable; and, I mean, who lived with this; who have seen this; who have witnessed it; who will always for the rest of their lives remember that this is what they camp out of,” Chopra said.

She added the children she spoke to told her they just wanted to be recognized as Rohingya and return to their homes to study and build a future. “I just want the world to understand it doesn’t where a child is from, it doesn’t matter what the child’s history was, it doesn’t matter what their religion is, what their race is, what their cast, or creed, or any of these things are, what matters is each child contributes to the future of the world, and that’s why it’s our problem,” she said, “That’s why all of these children who will, or could be, a completely lost generation is our problem.”

Bangladesh has taken in more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees since August 25, 2017, and has been working with UNICEF to deliver support to the refugees and host communities. Nearly 60 percent of the refugees are children and have limited access to clean and safe water, food and education.

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