President Joko Widodo during his working visit to Bangladesh took the time to visit Rohingya ethnic refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine region who fled at the Jamtoli refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sunday (28/1/2018). President Jokowi had time to interact with the refugees while providing assistance from the Indonesian government. Jokowi assures that humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh from Indonesia will continue to come.
"This humanitarian aid will be provided continuously and I would like to extend our gratitude to all parties.Government of Indonesia including society, Humanitarian NGOs, together with the Government shoulder to shoulder to provide humanitarian aid both in Myanmar and Bangladesh, "said President Jokowi.
During the visit, President Jokowi saw firsthand the activities undertaken by Indonesian humanitarian volunteers, both from the government as well as non-governmental organizations. The President reviews the Indonesia Humanitarian Alliance (IHA) -The Dreamers Medical Camps, which is one of the government-funded health facilities, NGOs, organizations, and Indonesians. Several treatment clinics and water pumps of Indonesian origin in health facilities were also reviewed by President Jokowi
"Since the beginning of this refugee problem, the Government and the people of Indonesia have jointly assisted the refugees in Cox's Bazar and we, Indonesia appreciates the efforts of the Government of Bangladesh in assisting the refugee problem and from the beginning our Government has always coordinated on the needs of the field, "said the President.
Bangladesh Praises Indonesia's Rohingya Leadership
On separate occasion Minister Foreign Affairs of RI Retno Marsudi who participated in President Jokowi's working visit explained that the Government of Bangladesh through Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed expressed his appreciation for the attention given by the Government of Indonesia to the refugees.
"Syech Hasina expressed appreciation for what Indonesia has done so far It was mentioned that Me Foreign niece Indonesia is the first person to enter Cox's Bazar at the time of the recent violence that led to the exodus of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, "explained the President.
The number of Rohingya ethnic refugees from the Myanmar Rakhine region in the Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh has reached more than 1 million people.
"Presented by Bangladesh now refugees have reached more than 1 million people. According to information to date there are still groups coming from Myanmar, "said Foreign Minister Retno.
The Indonesian government continues Retno has confirmed that it will continue to channel humanitarian aid to the Jamtoli refugee camp at Cox's Bazar Bangladesh
" President Jokowi expressed his appreciation ( to Bangladesh). The President said that there is still something that can be done by Indonesia, do not hesitate to deliver to Indonesia. Because the assistance provided by Indonesia is not a sending aid. Our assistance is sustainable assistance, "he added.
Retno Marsudi added that the government and the people of Indonesia in the near future are planning to build a hospital.At present ambulance and medical personnel are already in the refugee location, including specialist doctors handling the disorder trauma or psychiatric.
The arrival of Jokowi in the Jamtoli refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, was greeted by the Head of National Bureau of Amil Zakat (Baznas) Bambang Sudibyo, Director of Emergency Response of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Junjungan Tambunan, and Coordinator of Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance (IHA) Corona Rintawa. [aw/ab]