Bangladesh-Turkey Ties Deepen Amid Rohingya Crisis

December 22, 2017 11:22 am78 commentsViews: 155

Since mid-September the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has been distributing hot meals to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and this is somewhat symbolizing lately the closer ties between the two nations.

About 25,000 people from the ethnic minority group, taking shelter in makeshift refugee camps in southern Bangladesh are fed every day. The organization has distributed 10,000 blankets apart from the required medical care stuff. A playground for the children in camps has been built too by TIKA.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar earlier this year following heavy crackdown of the military on them. The violence erupted in late August in the conflict zone of Rakhine state and initially the government had blacked all United Nations aid. TIKA was the first foreign organization to start distributing food and medicine on September 2.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate too are helping the Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh with aid and medical care.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim described lately, on his visit to Bangladesh, the killing of minority Muslims in Myanmar is considered as genocide. He inaugurated a medical facility at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.

Since August Yildrim has made several high-profile visits to Bangladesh.

Wife of Turkey’s president, Emine Erdogan, too visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh in September.


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