UAE renews call to help displaced Rohingya Muslims

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE's Minister of State for International Co-operation, highlighted the cause of the displaced community at the Donor Conference for Rohingya Refugees

Reem al-Hashimi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, attends Saudi-UAE-OCHA Humanitarian High-level Meeting held at KS releif headquarters in Riyadh, on May 22, 2019. - The meeting followed by signing two agreements with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)
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The UAE has called for renewed solutions to help the displaced Rohingya community.

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, said the UAE has addressed the issue of Rohingya refugees since the beginning of this crisis by supporting international diplomatic efforts and carrying out humanitarian initiatives.

Ms Al Hashemy highlighted their plight at the virtual session of the Donor Conference for Rohingya Refugees, which was organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Thursday.

She said officials from the UAE visited the Cox's Bazar camp in Bangladesh to learn about the humanitarian projects that were rolled out there and to show their support for the refugees.

Figures from The United Nations show there are nearly 860,000 Rohingya refugees living in settlements in Cox's Bazar district.

Nearly 740,000 of them fled Myanmar in 2017. Other countries in the region host 150,000 Rohingya refugees and 600,000 live in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Ms Al Hashemy said the pandemic has increased the suffering of refugees and displaced communities.

“There is now a greater need to prioritise and increase assistance to those in need,” she said.

The Emirates has carried out several projects in the Cox's Bazar Rohingya refugee camp.

Last year, the UAE launched a national fundraising campaign to support women and children in the camp.

Twenty UAE charities were a part of the campaign and more than Dh65 million was donated to the needy in Bangladesh.