A Bangladeshi government official has called on the international community to do more for the ethnic Rohingyas sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing their native Burma.
Bangladeshi Communications Minister Nazmul Huda spoke Monday in Dhaka, at a day-long seminar on the plight of the Rohingyas.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees reports there are 20,000 Rohingyas taking shelter at camps in the coastal area of Cox's Bazar, while six-thousand more are vulnerable to high tides and cyclones in nearby Teknaf.
Mr. Huda said Bangladesh's ability to deal with the refugees is limited; he appealed to members of the European Union to help.
Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper quotes Christopher Lee of the UNHCR as saying the European Commission assures Bangladesh of assistance as soon as the refugees are moved to safer ground.