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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Princess Haya calls for world to take urgent action over plight of Rohingya refugees

She warns in Instagram post that thousands will die unless action is taken to stop Myanmar persecution 

Workers load aid to be delivered to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh onto an plane at a Dubai airport. Satish Kumar / Reuters
Workers load aid to be delivered to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh onto an plane at a Dubai airport. Satish Kumar / Reuters

The plight of the Rohingya people has moved Princess Haya to make an impassioned call for international powers to do more to end their persecution.

Accompanied by a photograph of refugees on her Instagram account, she warned: "The UN and global powers must stop this ethnic cleansing now or thousands more will surely die in the weeks ahead. Each day they wait, more lives are lost."

Princess Haya, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said that "over the past week alone, more than twenty thousand Rohingya have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar - their homes burned, many brutally beaten, family members murdered".

"Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum generously created an open air bridge which continues to deliver humanitarian items to those who need it most. But this is not enough!", she wrote.

Sheikh Mohammed set up the air bridge this month after ordering an aid flight carrying food and supplies to refugees in Bangladesh.

Since then, more than three flights have delivered core relief items made available by UNHCR, the UAE Red Crescent, the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Organisation for Migration, and World Health Organization, through the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai.

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