UN chief ‘heartbroken’ over Rohingya suffering
UN Secretary-General António Guterres was in Bangladesh on Monday where he heard heart-wrenching stories from Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.
The UN chief was accompanied by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the visit to Cox’s Bazar, now home to the world’s largest refugee camp.
Here’s UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq with more details:
“The Secretary-General said that it is impossible to visit the camps without being heartbroken over the suffering of the Rohingya people. He said he had listened to terrible stories of massive violence — of killings, rape, torture, and houses or villages burnt. And he added that it is also terrible to see more than 900,000 people living in terrible circumstances.”
Deadly attack in Mali condemned
The death of two civilians in an attack on international forces in Mali this past weekend has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.
The incident occurred on Sunday in Gao, located in the north.
Fifteen civilians were wounded together with personnel from a French military counter-insurgency initiative known as Operation Barkhane.
The UN chief has expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government of Mali.
He also underlined the international community’s support for efforts toward the stabilization of the West African country.
Meet the new UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, actor Ben Stiller
American actor, director and producer Ben Stiller has taken on a new role: Goodwill Ambassador with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
The star of films such as Meet the Parents and Zoolander has supported the agency for the past two years, most recently meeting with refugees in Guatemala.
Ben Stiller has also travelled to places such as Germany and Jordan, where he spent time with Syrian refugees in camps and urban settings.
There, he met families benefiting from a UNHCR cash assistance programme, as well as refugees who were being resettled.