Sun Nov 19 2017, 4:11:14 +03

Turkey`s First Lady Distributes Aid to Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh

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(Kutupalang-AlummahWorld-Dhu-AlHijjah 17,1438H) Turkey`s first lady Emine Erdogan meets Rohingya Muslims refugees in Bangladesh and observed the worsening situation as Rohingya Muslimss from Myanmar flooding to find a shelter in Bangladesh.

Distributing aid to Rohingya Muslims who have taken shelter in Bangladesh with the delegation accompanying her, First Lady Erdogan said: “It is impossible not to be touched by this as a human being. May Allah help them. I hope that the entire world cares about and focuses on this issue both in terms of providing humanitarian aid and finding a political solution.”

First Lady Emine Erdogan went to Bangladesh in order to draw attention to the plight of Rogingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and to inspect on site the ongoing relief works for the Rohingya Muslims that have been forced to flee Myanmar and take shelter in Bangladesh.

Accompanied by his son Bilal Erdogan, Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, AK Party Deputy Chairwoman for Human Rights Ravza Kavakcı, President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Serdar Cam, President of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Mehmet Gulluoglu, Director General of the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) İbrahim Altan, President of the Turkish Youth and Education Service Foundation (TURGEV) Arzu Akalın and President of the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) Sare Aydın, the First Lady was welcomed by officials with flowers in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, the closest city to the camps that house Rohingya Muslims.

First Lady Erdogan thereafter proceeded to Kutupalang camp near Cox's Bazar along with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavuşoglu and his wife Hulya Çavuşoglu.

Speaking with victims and officials during her visit, the First Lady said: “It is impossible not to be touched by this as a human being. May Allah help them. I hope that the entire world cares about and focuses on this issue both in terms of providing humanitarian aid and finding a political solution.”

“It is unbelievable that such a barbarity is taking place before the eyes of the world in this age,” First Lady Erdogan said, and noted: “Criminals, if there is any, should be punished but innocent people cannot be treated this way.”

Calling on the international community, the First Lady said: “We all have children. We can’t ignore the situation here just because they are not our children. We all bear responsibility. That’s why we are here. We are here to announce this to the world. We are here to help. Please, everyone, do the best you can.” First Lady Erdogan added that she would also bring this issue to the United Nations as well.

Afterward, the First Lady started the distribution of relief materials supplied by Kızılay and AFAD. Listening to the problems and sufferings of asylum seekers at the camp, First Lady Erdogan posed for a photo with children.