Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps, says their plight 'shames us all'

Updated: Feb 07, 2019, 02:16 PM(IST)

Angelina Jolie addressed a crowd of refugees on a hilltop in Kutapalong camp, the world’s largest refugee settlement, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. She said she was 'humbled and proud to stand with you today'.

'Crisis was the result of decades of discrimination'

US actress, filmmaker and humanitarian Angelina Jolie addressed the refugees in Kutapalong camp, Bangladesh.

'You have every right not to be stateless and the way you have been treated shames us all,' said Jolie, adding the crisis was the result of decades of discrimination that had gone unaddressed.

'What is most tragic about this situation is that we cannot say we had no warning.'

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'Treated like cattle'

Angelina Jolie said she had met stateless Rohingya who described being 'treated like cattle' in Myanmar.

UN investigators have accused Myanmar’s army of carrying out mass killings and rapes with 'genocidal intent' during the massive offensive that laid waste to hundreds of Rohingya villages in the western Rakhine state.

But the United Nations said conditions are not yet right for a return. The Rohingya say they want guarantees over their safety and to be recognised as citizens before returning.


'I urge Myanmar authorities to show genuine commitment'

'I met a woman yesterday, a survivor of rape in Myanmar, and she told me 'you would have to shoot me where I stand before I would go back to Myanmar',' Jolie said.

'I urge the Myanmar authorities to show the genuine commitment needed to end the cycle of violence, displacement, and improve conditions for all communities in Rakhine state, including the Rohingya.'


Jolie meets PM Hasina

Angelina Jolie concluded her visit by meeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a UNHCR statement said.

Jolie flew to Bangladesh this week to 'assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees and some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country', the UNHCR said in a statement.

A 22-year-old Mohammed Shakir, who fled his home in Rakhine after the 2017 violence, said he respected her for her humanitarian work.


$920 million for Rohingya refugees

Jolie's visit came as the United Nations said it was preparing to launch a new appeal for $920 million to support the refugees, who fled a brutal military crackdown in neighbouring Rakhine state in Myanmar in response to militant attacks in August 2017.


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