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Pope urges world to take decisive measures to address Rohingya crisis

Dhaka: In his first public speech in Bangladesh delivered on Thursday, Pope Francis considered that no one could ignore the gravity of the Muslim minority Rohingyas' situation and urged the international community to take decisive measures to address this grave crisis.

Once again, the Pope avoided mentioning the word "Rohingya" explicitly in the speech delivered at the presidential palace in the Bangladeshi capital, referring to them as "a massive influx of refugees from Rakhine State," Efe news agency reported.
"It is imperative that the international community take decisive measures to address this grave crisis, not only by working to resolve the political issues that have led to the mass displacement of people, but also by offering immediate material assistance to Bangladesh in its effort to respond effectively to urgent human needs," the Pope said.
The Pontiff, who minutes earlier had met privately with Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid, praised the spirit of generosity and solidarity which marked the country's society.
This spirit, he added, had been seen most vividly in the Bangladeshi society's humanitarian outreach to the refugees from Rakhine State, providing them with temporary shelter and the basic necessities of life, at no little sacrifice.
"None of us can fail to be aware of the gravity of the situation, the immense toll of human suffering involved, and the precarious living conditions of so many of our brothers and sisters, a majority of whom are women and children, crowded in the refugee camps," said Pope Francis.
The Pope highlighted the importance of meetings with leaders from various religions which are to take place during the visit, and added that the country was known for the harmony that has traditionally existed between followers of various religions.

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