Flow of “desperate” Rohingya refugees “unprecedented”: IOM

12 September 2017

The flow of desperate Rohingya refugees fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is “unprecedented in terms of volume and speed”.

That’s the assessment of the Asia-Pacific Spokesperson for the UN migration agency, IOM, Chris Lom, who is on the ground in the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar.

He said both the government and humanitarian agencies are lacking the necessary resources to deal with the crisis, which has seen around 370,000 flee in the space of two weeks.

More funds are needed immediately and an emergency appeal has been launched for US$77 million to cover the next three months.

Matt Wells asked Mr Lom how big a challenge UN agencies were facing in providing aid and support.

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