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Briefing on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis and the Humanitarian Response in Bangladesh
16 Oct 2017 -  Briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock and Ms. Shirin Sharmin, Honourable Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh.
Representatives of the UN agencies (UNHCR, IOM and UNICEF) will take the floor.
The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. As of 13 October, some 536,000 Rohingya refugees had fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 25 August. Thousands more reportedly remain stranded and in peril in Myanmar without the means to cross the border into Bangladesh. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatized, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines.