Thursday, 18 April 2019
Dhaka, Bangladesh: British Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell has urged the Bangladesh government to help Rohingya refugees out of poverty and the appalling condition they live in, in camps in Cox's Bazaar district, according to officials.
 
"In the United Kingdom we are very concerned about the plight of these people who have been driven out of Burma… I urged the Foreign Minister to help them out of poverty," he told reporters after meeting Foreign Minister Morshed Khan on July 18.
 
Asked whether he had put forward any specific proposal during the meeting, he said there are still thousands living in camps in Bangladesh in abject poverty and very inadequate conditions. And the Foreign Minister is sympathetic.
 
Presently, about 21,000 Rohingya refugees are living in two camps (Kutuplong and Nayapara) in Ukhiya and Teknaf in Cox's Bazaar district.
 
On November 2005, a high level delegation from EU–UN visited the two camps and described the situation in camps thus. “Entire families of some 10 to 15 people each live in each of the 10 by 12 feet shanties walled with plastic sheets that is highly hazardous if a fire breaks out. It may cause a catastrophe and it is not acceptable for humans.”
 
Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, UK was accompanied by Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party Lord Michael Ashcroft.
 
During their two-day visit to Dhaka, they visited Grameen Bank to see its operation and a British-aided water project being implemented jointly with local NGOs.