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‘If we can feed 160 m, we can also feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees’: Sheikh Hasina

‘If we can feed 160 m, we can also feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees’: Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wipes off a Rohingya woman's tear while distributing aids among the refuge seekers in different camps in Cox's Bazar Pic. Courtesy: Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the local government to make sure the sick and wounded Rohingya are well taken care of in the hospitals and they receive immediate medical attention. Deeply moved by the plight of refugees during her visit to the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, the premier asserted “We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to feed the 700,000 Rohingya refugees.”

Sheikh Hasina told that her country has let the Rohingya in on humanitarian grounds and appealed the people of the country to help ease the sufferings of Rohingya refugees in whatever way they can.

It must be noted that nearly 300,000 Rohingya refugees entered into Bangladesh since the Violence erupted again in Rakhine State of Myanmar on August 24, totaling the number of refugees to 700,000 so far.

Stating that Bangladesh cannot accept unjust acts of the Myanmar government, Hasina said “Does the Myanmar government not have a conscience? How can they displace hundreds or thousands of people because of a few?”

The Dhaka Tribune has quoted the prime minister as saying “I ask the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals.