Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), arrives at Cox’s Bazar Airport, ahead of a visit to nearby Rohingya refugee camps. (AFP)
Updated 07 February 2019

Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

  • Jolie is in Bangladesh to assess the humanitarian needs of the one million Rohingya in camps around the town of Cox’s Bazar
  • Bangladesh has been reeling since more than 730,000 Rohingya arrived from Myanmar after August 2017

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on Monday ahead of a new UN appeal for nearly one billion dollars to look after the refugee influx.
After arriving in the South Asian nation, Jolie, a special envoy of the UN Refugee agency UNHCR, went straight to a camp in Teknaf near the Myanmar border to talk to some of the 720,000 Muslims who fled a military clampdown in the neighboring state in August 2017.
The 43-year-old made no immediate public comment, but Cox’s Bazar district deputy police chief Ikbal Hossain told AFP that Jolie will be visiting more camps on Tuesday.
Jolie is in Bangladesh to assess the humanitarian needs of the one million Rohingya in camps around the town of Cox’s Bazar.

She has previously met with displaced Rohingya while in Myanmar in July 2015 and in India in 2006.
Bangladesh has been reeling since more than 730,000 Rohingya arrived from Myanmar after August 2017. More than 620,000 of the Muslims live in the Kutupalong camp, the world’s largest refugee settlement.
There were already about 300,000 in the camps before the exodus which has strained Bangladesh’s resources to the limit.
Jolie will conclude her visit by meeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, and other senior officials in Dhaka, a UNHCR statement said.
The talks will focus on how the UNHCR can help Bangladesh’s efforts for the Rohingya and the need for “sustainable solutions” to settle the persecuted minority, the statement added.
The UN is to soon launch a new international appeal for $920 million to meet the needs of Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting them, the refugee agency said.

 


Suicide attack in Kabul wedding hall kills 63

Updated 18 August 2019

Suicide attack in Kabul wedding hall kills 63

  • At least 182 civilians have been wounded in the attack
  • The Taliban have condemned the attack and denied any involvement

KABUL: An Afghan official says at least 63 people have been killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a packed wedding hall late Saturday night in Kabul.
Feroz Bashari, a government spokesman, says 182 civilians have been wounded in the attack that took place in western part of the city.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi says the attacker set off explosives among the guests.
The Taliban have condemned the attack and denied any involvement.
Both the Taliban and the local affiliate of the Daesh group have carried out bloody attacks in the capital.