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With fresh aid, South Korea wants Rohingya to get better access to information

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 29, 2020   /  02:36 pm
With fresh aid, South Korea wants Rohingya to get better access to information A Rohingya clothing seller waits for customers at the Jamtola refugee camp in Ukhia on Dec. 9, 2019. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

South Korea is the first ASEAN dialogue partner to contribute funds to support Rohingya repatriation, granting US$500,000 to distribute FM radios to members of the minority group to improve their access to information, particularly about repatriation plans and conditions in Rakhine. The East Asian country handed over the grant on Tuesday to the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta -- which is currently assisting Myanmar to prepare for a safe and voluntary return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to avoid persecution in Rakhine in 2017. ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi said that with the new initiative South Korea is completing its role as a leading partner of the region in many areas like trade, investment, education, environment and people-to-people exchanges. "With the support of South Korea, the government of Myanmar will be able to scale up...

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