Restoring dignity, maintaining hope – How much can a humanitarian organisation do?

Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, Friendship organises a conference in Luxembourg with the participation of Mrs Paulette Lenert, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs.

Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 6.30pm in the Auditorium of Banque de Luxembourg, 14 Boulevard Royal – L-2449 Luxembourg.

It is now just over two years since almost a million Rohingyas were brutally forced out of Myanmar and found shelter in the precarious refugee camps of Cox’s Bazaar district in Bangladesh. Beyond providing basic services to keep people alive and in good health, it is essential to restore the dignity of those who suffered unspeakable violence and to sustain the hope of those who have been deprived of everything. Cultural and  creative expression, recognising refugees as individuals, are imperative tools in this respect, just as is constantly striving for quality and respect in service delivery. But how much can humanitarian organisations do when, as is again the case here, there is no “end of the tunnel in sight” and when, as time goes by, tensions and conflicts increase in and around the camps? Will the international community accept the Rohingya crisis to be just another line on the list of “forgotten crisis”?

Rohingya kids in one of the biggest refugee camps in the world

Through a combination of presentations, films, photography, poetry reading and round table discussion, the audience will discover the variety and scale, but also the limitations and difficulties of Friendship’s interventions in the context of the Rohingya crisis.

With the participation of:

  • Mrs Paulette Lenert, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, 
  • Mrs Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship Bangladesh,
  • Mrs Dominique Hansen, Director Fondation EME,
  • Mr Shehzar Doja, Poet and Editor,
  • Mrs Corine van Reeuwijk, Senior country desk officer Bangladesh, Caritas Luxembourg,
  • Dr. Rémi Fabbri, Director International Department, Luxembourg Red Cross.

Full invitation and registration information here


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In parallel with this event, a photo exhibition entitled “I am a Rohingya” is taking place at Galerie Clairefontaine, Espace 1,
from 7th November to 23rd December 2019
.