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Press Briefing by António Guterres (UN Secretary-General ) in Dakha (2 July 2018)
2 Jul 2018 -  Wrapping their visit to the Kutapalong refugee camp with a press conference, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim expressed their solidarity with the 900,000 Rohingya who have taken refuge in Bangladesh, fleeing violence at home but enduring difficult conditions in exile.
Guterres told reporters that “it is impossible to visit these camps without breaking our hearts with the suffering of the Rohingya people” and that “it is unacceptable that these people who have suffered so much in Myanmar now have to live in the difficult circumstances that these camps inevitably represent.”
He said “I believe we need to combine a word of deep gratitude to the government and people of Bangladesh for the fact that they’ve opened their borders. So many of the borders are closing in the world. And they have received so generously these people and provided them with basic protection and support. But it’s also necessary to say to the international community that the solidarity expressed by the international community has not been translated in sufficient support to the Rohingya people in Myanmar.”
For his part, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said that “in extraordinary circumstances – we have not done this before – we will provide an initial tranche of US$ 480 million in grants for Bangladesh to support the Rohingya.”
Kim said he was “humbled, I was moved, and I was extremely touched by the courage of the women and the men that we met today” and that after working his entire life in development countries the Rohingya crisis “is one of the worst situations” he had ever seen.
He said “today we are all Rohingya. And we have to stand in solidarity with them so that they can live a life of dignity.”
Joined by the heads of the UN Refugee Agency and UN Population, Guterres and Kim met with Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar in the past 10 months. The trip draws attention to the recent World Bank pledge of nearly half a billion dollars in support for Rohingya and host communities, and is aimed at mobilizing support for people suffering in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
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