Published:  01:20 PM, 10 June 2019

Japanese footballer Hasebe visits Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps

Japanese footballer Hasebe visits Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps
Makoto Hasebe, one of the prominent Japanese football players currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt of Bundesliga, has visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar as the UNICEF Ambassador for Japan to raise awareness of Japanese people on the situation of the Rohingyas.

During his stay in Cox’s Bazar on June 5-6, he visited facilities such as emergency nutrition centre or learning centre for youth and children.

He also enjoyed playing football with the children at the refugee camps.

This was his very first visit to Bangladesh, and he was surprised to see the scale of the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Monday.

"It is very important to work on this difficult situation as the whole international community," he said.

"I would like to continue supporting the Rohingya people so that they can develop visions for the bright future.”

Japanese Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi expressed his appreciation to Hasebe for coming to Bangladesh to deepen the understanding of the people of Japan on the refugee crisis.

He also put emphasis that Japan and Japanese people always stand with those who are suffering from the crisis, and will continue to work with Bangladesh in humanitarian support.

Tomoo Hozumi, the country representative of the UNICEF, Bangladesh, mentioned that education for the young generation in the refugee camps is very important and further support is needed to improve the situation.

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