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ベンガル湾で女性と子どもたち14人溺死
命がけの流入止まらず ユニセフ・バングラデシュ代表声明

【2017年9月29日  コックス・バザール(バングラデシュ)発】

ロヒンギャ難民を載せた船がベンガル湾で転覆し女性や子どもたちが溺死したことを受け、ユニセフ(国連児童基金)バングラデシュ事務所代表エドゥアルド・ベイグベデル(Edouard Beigbeder)は以下の通り声明を発表しました。

命がけの流入止まらず

On 7 September 2017, newly arrived Rohingya refugees travel by boat from Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal to Teknaf in Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh. By 5 September 2017, more than 146,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh since 25 August. As many as 80 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children. More than 70 000 children need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 100,000 of the newly arrived refugees are currently residing in makeshift settlements and official refugee camps that are extremely overcrowded while 10,000 newly arrived refugees are in host communities. In addition, 33,000 arrivals are in new spontaneous sites, which are quickly expanding.  While some refugees are making their own shelters, the majority of people are staying in the open, suffering from exhaustion, sickness and hunger. Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable districts, not only for its poor performance in child related indicators but also for its vulnerability to natural hazards.  Most people walked 50 or 60 kilometers for up to six days and are in dire need of food, water and protection. Many children are suffering from cold fever as they are drenched in rain and lack additional clothes. Children and adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to trafficking as different child trafficking groups are active in the region. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence. In Bangladesh, UNICEF is scaling up its response to provide refugee children with protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support. With the recent influx of refugees, demand has increased and UNICEF is working to mobilize more support and strengthen its existing activities. For recreational and psychosocial support to the newly arrived Rohingya children, 33 mobile

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ベンガル湾を渡り、ミャンマーから到着したばかりのロヒンギャ難民。(2017年9月7日撮影)

子どもを含む少なくとも14人の命を奪った今夜のベンガル湾で起きた惨事は、ロヒンギャの人々が命を危険に晒してまでも暴力が蔓延しているふるさとから逃れようとしていることを、あらためて物語っています。

8月下旬にラカイン州であらたな危機が発生して以来、さらに何十人もの人が海路で命を落としたと考えられます。そして、この数週間で25万人を超えるロヒンギャの子どもたちが、ミャンマーからバングラデシュ南部に逃れてきました。

ユニセフは国際社会に対して、バングラデシュ政府の主導のもと行っている緊急人道支援ならびに子どもの権利の保護への支援を求めます。

 

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危機下にあるロヒンギャ難民の子どもたちと家族に、人道支援を届けるユニセフの活動を支えるため、日本ユニセフ協会は『ロヒンギャ難民緊急募金』を受け付けています。


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