Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
The UN Refugee Agency announced on Monday that special envoy Angelina Jolie is visiting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The actress, representing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is undertaking a three-day visit to Kutapalong refugee camp in the city of Cox’s Bazar.
“Bangladesh has been heavily affected by the influx of more than 730,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar since August 2017 and now hosts nearly a million refugees. The majority of refugees -- more than 620,000 people -- live in just one area: Kutapalong, the largest refugee settlement anywhere in the world today,” said UNHCR in the statement.
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.
Since Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children, and women, fled Myanmar and crossed into neighboring Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.
The UN also documented mass gang rapes, killings -- including of infants and young children -- brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by Myanmar state forces. In its report, UN investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.