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We can feed 160 million Bangladeshis, we can feed 700,000 Rohingya: Bangladesh PM Hasina

Sheikh Hasina. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 13, 2017, 07.01 AM (IST)

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promised to help the more than 300,000 ­Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in recent weeks but has urged the Myanmar government “to take their nationals back”.

“We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to feed the 700,000 refugees,” Hasina said after visiting a new refugee camp, The Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, the Bangla Tribune reported. 

Does the Myanmar government not have a conscience? How can they displace hundreds or thousands of people because of a few?'
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“We have let the Rohingya in on humanitarian grounds and I ask the people of this country to help ease their suffering in whatever way they can,” she said after distributing aid at the camp.

Urging action against Myanmar, Hasina said, “I ask the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals.

“Bangladesh wants to maintain peace and good relations with its neighbouring countries, but it cannot accept unjust acts of the Myanmar government. We will do all we can to ease the suffering of the Rohingya refugees.”

She expressed disappointment at the government of Myanmar “Does the Myanmar government not have a conscience? How can they displace hundreds or thousands of people because of a few?”

Hasina also instructed local authorities to make certain the refugees who need it are given medical aid.

As many as 370,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar’s military responded to an insurgent attack with what has since been called a "progrom" or genocide against the Rohingya. 

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