Summary of article in Billed Bladet #17, 2022.
Written by our man in Cambodia, the omnipresent Ulrik Ulriksen.
- This article only covers the first five minutes of Mary's visit, so we will have to wait for the coming week for the rest of the tale.
There was a lot of secrecy regarding this visit. In fact that Mary was going to Bangladesh was only announced after the plane had taken off from Copenhagen. (*)
Right after touching down in Bangladesh, Mary posted her first account in Instagram talking about why she was going:
"I have just started my second trip to Bangladesh. I last visited the country in 2017, where my primary focus back then was women's rights. On this trip focus is on the consequences of climate changes on the population, nature and biodiversity, because Bangladesh is one of the vulnerable countries for climate change in the world and it is expected that prior to 2050 there will be up to 20 million displaced people.
We have to, more than before, have focus on the diversity of nature and promote projects that served the purpose of protecting nature."
Then Mary was received by the PM, Sheikh Hasina. Where she was present at the signing of an agreement between Bangladesh and Denmark in regards to co-operation based on green and sustainable development.
Followed by a meeting at the Danish embassy with representatives of danish companies who are going to work on such projects, both in regards to production, orders, know how an so on.
DK has had development projects going in Bangladesh for 50 years.
And again Mary gave a report on Instagram:
"It's solutions I'm proud to show support for here in Bangladesh. And it's been interesting to hear about the experiences of Danish businesses in this country at our focus-meeting here at the Danish embassy." (**)
On the second day, Mary visited the Cox Bazar District in southern Bangladesh, where there some 700.000 Rohingya refugees living in more than 30 camps. They have fled the regime in Myanmar.
This is the largest refugee complex in the world.
Mary is a patron for Danish Refugee Council, which is heavily involved in the refugee camps there.
In high humidity and a temperature of 35 degrees C Mary met a number of the people in the camps, especially children. (***)
Mary returned to DK after a 15 hours flight on Thursday.
(*) And as you may recall from other accounts Mary was heavily guarded during this visit. I don't know about the security situation in Bangladesh, but there must be something serious going on.
(**) In other words: Mary took an active part in that meeting. It wasn't merely a presentation.
(***) Each time a foreign VIP, or in this case a direct representative of Denmark, visit a Rohingya refugee camp it's also a message of displeasure to the regime in Myanmar.
The government ministers who accompany her will certainly voice their displeasure and that's the main purpose of the visit to put it cynically.
You can see the scans here: https://app.box.com/s/k9he6h0fpobn1gzoufyvfvdg6wjuctl3
The scans also cover the marriage-story of Gustav and Carina Axelsson, including a few trivia about her and the story about how they first met.
I don't know how well known that is here though?
It also covers pretty faithfully what I have already written in the G & AC thread about the legal hassle surrounding the inheritance.