Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, Mr. Per Olsson Fridh, visits Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
On 15 and 16 March, the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, Mr. Per Olsson Fridh, and the Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh, Ms. Alexandra Berg von Linde, visited one of the world’s largest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The Swedish delegation, accompanied by UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh, Mr. Johannes van der Klaauw, visited several UNHCR programmes and had the opportunity to hear from refugee women in the settlement. Cox’s Bazar is home to nearly 900,00 Rohingya refugees, and when the fire broke out in the camps in Cox’s Bazar on 22 March, an estimated 48,000 refugees lost their shelters.
The availability of flexible funds has been vital to meet their immediate and long-term needs in the aftermath of the fire. Sweden is one of UNHCR’s biggest donors of multi-year flexible funding. Through flexible core support, policy and partnership, Sweden is a strong partner to UNHCR and provides vital support to millions of people forced to flee.