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My ID-entity: EU-UNHCR support to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in pictures

10/07/2019 - 16:06
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"My ID-entity" is a photo exhibition illustrating how the EU and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) support refugee registration in Bangladesh. The EEAS and the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments hosted the exhibition to mark the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2019, following its previous stop on Place Flagey in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition is symbolic for the joint endeavour by the EU and UNHCR to help and support Rohingya refugees.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, three girls laughing

Hosting more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is the biggest refugee camp in the world. The UN Refugee Agency, together with its partners, responds to the urgent humanitarian needs in Cox’s Bazar, and provides protection, shelter, water, sanitation, and fuel. UNHCR and the Government of Bangladesh, with the support of the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), are also providing individual identity documents. For the first time ever, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees now have official identity documents.

After the opening of the exhibition by Ms Hilde Hardeman, Head of Service and Director of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, Mr Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Regional Representative for EU Affairs of the UN Refugees Agency and Marc Giacomini, Deputy Managing Director for Global and Multilateral issues of the European External Action Service, visitors could experience the registration and verification process themselves.

Background

Managed by the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) provides short and mid-term assistance on conflict prevention, crisis-response and peace-building actions around the world. There are currently around 200 projects in over 75 countries. These IcSP projects are implemented by Non-Governmental Organisations, the UN and other International Organisations, EU Member State agencies and regional and sub-regional organisations.