Jordan's Queen Rania meets Rohingya in refugee camp

Jordan's Queen Rania meets Rohingya in refugee camp
Rohingya refugees line up to receive humanitarian aid in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, October 23, 2017. REUTERS
COX'S BAZAR: Jordan's Queen Rania visited Rohingya refugee camps on Monday (October 23) and called for a stronger response from the international community to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape "systematic persecution" in Myanmar.

Speaking at a news conference in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, the Queen told the harrowing and heartbreaking stories she heard from Rohingya Muslims.
She said she had heard of systematic rape of young girls being trapped in schools and raped by soldiers, babies being kicked around like football and stomped on. "This is something that is unacceptable," she added.


Nearly one million Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar, an "untenable situation" for neighbour Bangladesh, the country's U.N. envoy said on Monday, calling on Myanmar to let them return.

About 600,000 people have crossed the border since August 25, when insurgent attacks on security posts were met by a ferocious counter-offensive by the Myanmar army in Rakhine state which the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

The United Nations has appealed for $434 million to provide life-saving aid to 1.2 million people for six months.