On Monday, during a visit to a Bangladesh refugee camp located in the Cox’s Bazar district, Queen Rania of Jordan stated that the international society should respond in an adequate way to stop the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, who have fled in their hundreds of thousands to Bangladesh in order to escape the Myanmar authorities’ persecution. Since 1978 the Rohingya fled to Bangladesh who is hosting them. According to the United Nations approximately 800,000 of these Rohingya Muslims are currently living in makeshift settlements, of which 58% are children up to the age of 17 years. As from 25 August, over 600,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh in the midst of an international uproar to stop the violence. The UN called the actions of Myanmar a handbook illustration of ethnic cleansing.
Queen Rania’s statement
She said that it remains a question, why the predicament of this minority group of Muslims had been ignored and why it’s being allowed that the systematic torture of the Rohingya went on for such a long period of time. The queen added that the limitations of health care, basic services and other vital support shocked her. She said that the unfolding crisis which is widely ignored by the global society is unforgivable and that the response of the world has been muffled. She urged the United Nations as well as the global society to put in more effort to bring peace to this hostility.