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Government Officials: Bangladesh and World

government officials: In a speech before Bangladesh President President Abdul Hamid, government officials and ambassadors from around the world, Francis praised Bangladesh's sacrifice and generosity in welcoming in so many refugees before the eyes of the whole world, according to Toronto Star. He didn't identify the Rohingya by name, ethnicity or faith, referring only to refugees from Rakhine state. Arriving in Bangladesh from Burma, Francis said it also was imperative for world governments to immediately provide assistance to help the Bangladeshi government cope with Asia's worst refugee crisis in decades. Read more Pope Francis preaches forgiveness in Burma, references suffering of religious and ethnic groups Article Continued Below Pope Francis avoids saying Rohingya' in speech after meeting Burmese leader The one word Burma's generals don't want the pope to say on his visit Rohingya'But his words were sharp. react-empty 159 None of us can fail to be aware of the gravity of the situation, the immense toll of human suffering involved, and the precarious living conditions of so many of our brothers and sisters, a majority of whom are women and children, crowded in the refugee camps, he said. Francis, a tireless and fearless advocate for refugees, outcasts and society's most marginal, had drawn criticism from human rights organizations and Rohingya themselves for having failed to speak out publicly about the Rohingya's plight while he was in Burma. It is imperative that the international community take decisive measures to address this grave crisis, not only by working to resolve the political issues that have led to the mass displacement of people, but also by offering immediate material assistance to Bangladesh in its effort to respond effectively to urgent human needs. ( As reported in the news.