The United Nations (UN) has praised Bangladesh and its people for aiding the helpless Rohingya refugees and conveyed its initiatives to raise funds to cover the increasing humanitarian needs.
Two senior UN officials met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and passed on the messages, said a Foreign Ministry statement.
Under Secretary General for UN Office for Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (UN OCHA) Mark Lowcock and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake called on Ali after returning from Cox's Bazar.
The statement said the minister also solicited UN support for the repatriation of the Rohingya as the UN agencies extended their humanitarian assistance for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.
Ali said Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's recently sent as her representative union minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, who conveyed their willingness to take back their nationals who have taken refuge in Bangladesh.
The foreign minister said the number of forcibly displaced Rohingya exceeded 900,000 as over 500,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh in just one month.
"Their presence is creating serious humanitarian challenge for Bangladesh," the statement quoted him as saying.
UN OCHA on Tuesday released an additional $12 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to urgently help the most vulnerable Rohingya refugees and their host communities in Bangladesh.
"The people of Bangladesh have offered a generous welcome, but the current conditions in the camps are terrible. Without much more international assistance, the refugees, who have suffered greatly, could face a health catastrophe on top of the existing tragedy," Lowcock said during his visit to one of the refugee sites in Cox's Bazar.
UNICEF earlier appeals for $76.1 million to assist children in Bangladesh affected by the Rohingya crisis to cover the immediate needs of newly-arrived Rohingya children, as well as those who arrived before the recent influx, and children from vulnerable host communities -- 720,000 children in all.
Up to 60% of the 500,000-plus Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are estimated to be children.