Queen Mathilde’s Working Visit to Bangladesh – Day Two
Queen Mathilde started the second day of her working visit in Bangladesh today, Tuesday February 7, by paying a visit to the largest refugee camp in the world which is located in Cox’s Bazar, a city in Southeastern Bangladesh. In this refugee camp are present Rohingya refugees from Myanmar that, since 2017, have reached Bangladesh.
During the visit at the refugee camp the Queen was informed about several UN activities dedicated to the Rohingya community. The Queen visited one of the 3,400 learning centres organized by UNICEF that provides education for Rohingya refugee children. Then she met with refugee women and children and also with volunteers and humanitarian workers which work “on the mental wellbeing in the refugee camps”.
Queen Mathilde was also informed about the program SAFE+2. This program, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), aims “to enable safe access to sufficient and cleaner cooking energy for some 190,000 refugee households; to rehabilitate and protect the degraded environment and ecosystems;
to increase resilience among some 50,000 refugee and 50,000 host community households”.
The last stop of the second day in Bangladesh was a visit to an eco-friendly facility that works on the faecal sludge treatment system for the sanitation needs of more than 200,000 refugee household.
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