US congressional delegation meets with Rohingya refugee camps.
Rohingya refugees said that on August 14th, they had the opportunity to meet with the US delegation to Bangladesh and discuss the issue of food shortages and repatriation issues. Ko Khin Maung, director of the Rohingya Youth Association, who lives in Cox's Bazar, said that having the opportunity to directly present the difficulties was helpful for the Rohingya refugees. "Now we’ve explained the hardships the Rohingyas are facing due to food cuts of WFP. They also studied the actual situation of the Rohingyas, helping the Rohingyas. We can explain to them ourselves, how we are, what we want, and how we will go back to Burma. It is more effective to talk to them. They know our situation based on the previous report. It is very important to talk to them on the ground now."
The refugees said that the US congressional delegation visiting Bangladesh also studied the work of international aid organizations, including the UNHCR, in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar. The delegation that visited the Rohingya refugee camp included 11 members, including Republican Congressman Richard McCormick and Democratic Congressman Ed Case. The refugees also said that this parliamentary delegation discussed with the Bangladesh government the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
In 2017 Rohingya refugees have been displaced from Buthidaung, northern Rakhine State due to the military council's military clearance and fled from Maungdaw townships to Bangladesh.