lørdag 16. september 2017

Rohingya crisis: Why aid is slow to reach refugees

You expect chaotic scenes at the beginning of a refugee crisis of the scale we are seeing here in south-eastern Bangladesh. But almost two-and-a-half weeks later, the beginnings of an organised response should have at least started to emerge. We are not seeing that here in Cox's Bazar, where many Rohingya fleeing Myanmar have ended up. The C-130 transport aircraft loaded with food and shelter have not been landing at the airport; you don't see aid trucks loaded with tents and water-purifying units lumbering along the busy roads. Indeed, one of the most shocking things among all the horror here is that fact many Rohingya say they have had no contact with any aid agencies or international aid bodies at all.

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