- Title: Turkey's First Lady and her son visit Royhinga refugees
- Date: 7th September 2017
- Summary: COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH (SEPTEMBER 7, 2017) (REUTERS) ROHINGYA FAMILIES ENTERING KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP ROHINGYA CIVILIANS GATHERED AT THE CAMP TURKEY'S FIRST LADY EMINE ERDOGAN ARRIVING AT THE CAMP MEDIA WAIT OUTSIDE AN OFFICE VARIOUS OF TURKEY'S FIRST LADY EMINE ERDOGAN LOOKING AT AN INJURED BOY WHO HAS A BULLET WOUND IN HIS LEG AFTER TRYING TO FLEE MYANMAR / BILAL ERDOGAN WIDE OF ROHINGYA CIVILIANS WAITING TO SEE THE FIRST LADY POLICEMAN STANDING GUARD TURKEY'S FIRST LADY EMINE ERDOGAN SHAKING HANDS WITH ROHINGYA WOMEN AND WAVING AT CROWD VARIOUS OF EMINE ERDOGAN VISITING CAMP / MEMBERS OF TURKISH RED CRESCENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILAL ERDOGAN, SON OF TURKISH FIRST LADY EMINE ERDOGAN, SPEAKING AS HER SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "We think the authorities of Bangladesh, we think the people of Bangladesh who are opening their hearts, opening their homes to the people of Rohingya. We know the people of Rohingya belong in their rightful place of habitation in Rakhine, we hope to see a lasting solution to the problem of Rohingya people. And in that endeavour we would like the Rohingya commission's report to be implemented as soon as possible because the suffering of Rohingya people is to stop. We see civilians here, we see women and children here, and we know that the people of Rakhine Rohingya have been there for hundreds of years, so we would like the world's attention to be drawn to the needs and suffering of the people of Rohingya. And the Kofi Annan (former U.N. Secretary-General) plan which is already I think seen as an important solution to the issues of Rohingya people." TURKEY'S FIRST LADY EMINE ERDOGAN AND HER SON BILAL ERDOGAN WALKING THROUGH CAMP
- Embargoed: 21st September 2017 18:49
- Keywords: burnt villages Rakhine state Myanmar Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan Bilal Erdogan Turkey refugees Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu aid
- Location: COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
- City: COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
- Country: Bangladesh
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XLMVYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan and her son Bilal Erdogan paid a visit on Thursday (September 7) to Rohingya Muslims who took shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing violence, and asked for Myanmar authorities to take the necessary measures to stop the violence.
The Erdogans visited Rohingya families at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, and speaking as his mother's spokesperson, Bilal told reporters: "We know the people of Rohingya belong in their rightful place of habitation in Rakhine, we hope to see a lasting solution to the problem of Rohingya people. And in that endeavour we would like the Rohingya commission's report to be implemented as soon as possible because the suffering of Rohingya people is to stop."
President Tayyip Erdogan, who leads Turkey's Islamist-rooted AK Party, has been fiercely critical of Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya people, saying they have been subjected to genocide.
The latest violence began on August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people.
After Erdogan spoke to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday (September 5), Turkey said it would deliver 1,000 tonnes of food, medicine and clothing to the afflicted northwestern region of Rakhine.
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