UNHCR Ambassador Cate Blanchett warns of “a race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from upcoming monsoon rains
Blanchett calls for increased international support for Rohingya refugees and host communities.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, south-eastern Bangladesh, at serious risk in the coming months. Blanchett, on return from a visit to Bangladesh this week, is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency - and its partners, working with the Government of Bangladesh, to avoid an “emergency within an emergency”.