This is why Priyanka’s visit to Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps is so important


Last we saw her making a splash at her friend Meghan Markle’s royal wedding to Prince Harry. Days later, Priyanka Chopra is at the other end of the spectrum, as she visits Kutupalong, a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh), which is one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

As United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for child rights, Priyanka has lent her support to various social causes. The current crisis has affected hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people. Since August 2017 nearly 700,000 have fled persecution and destruction of their homes in Myanmar (Burma) to escape to neighbouring Bangladesh.


Priyanka drew attention to this “humanitarian crisis”, which is said to be the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis. She posted pictures from the field trip on Monday, as she wrote about the children who desperately need the world’s help. “The world needs to care. We need to care. These kids are our future,” she pleaded. The photographs posted show her interacting with the children who have been displaced by the violent ethnic cleansing.

As she headed to Bangladesh on Monday, Priyanka had exhorted her followers on Instagram to follow her feed as she shared her experiences visiting the Rohingya refugee camps on the UNICEF field visit. Hashtagging her post #ChildrenUprooted, she emphasized, “The world needs to care. We need to care.”

Last year, she had paid a two-day visit to Jordan where she had met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict. “Reading about the situation and seeing images still never fully prepares you to experience first-hand the situation of the Syrian refugees. These are people whose lives have been in a constant state of uncertainty for seven years now with no immediate solution in sight. And in the middle of this, for no fault of their own, is an entire generation of children who are being shaped by violence and displacement, resulting in an astonishing lack of education and opportunity. This makes this generation vulnerable on so many levels,” she had said.

Whoever said making a splash at a royal wedding and stimulating positive change cannot go together? Well done, Ms. Chopra.