NBA star Gasol makes quiet visit to Bangladesh
M Humayun Kabir: Spanish basketball superstar Pau Gasol quietly paid visits to several Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF.
Gasol, the 38-year old Spanish player, arrived in Bangladesh on August 5 to observe the conditions of the children at the world’s biggest refugee camp, reports New Age.
The renowned basketball player, who won two NBA championships, was scheduled to leave Bangladesh yesterday after spending five days with the Rohingya children and their families in different camps in Cox’s Bazar.
‘I’m with UNICEF in Bangladesh, in Cox’s Bazar, the city that houses the largest refugee camp in the world. More than 700,000 children and their families have passed through here from the Rohingya community during the last year,’ Gasol tweeted on August 6.
Gasol also used a hash-tag with ‘ChildrenUprooted’ – a programme run by the UNICEF to support a refugee child, an internally displaced person or a migrant.
In another Tweet on August 7, Gasol said, ‘Thousands of Rohingya children face hurricanes and monsoons, which can leave flooded camps, devastated homes, disease outbreaks.’
‘Rohingya refugee children have lost everything. We can’t give up on them. There are solutions to protect the future of ChildrenUprooted from their homes,’ said Gasol, who won two Olympic silver medals, an Olympic bronze medal, a FIBA World Cup title and three EuroBasket titles with the Spanish national basketball team.
Earlier, Japanese musician and actor Miyavi, Indian film actress Priyanka Chopra, Bangladesh cricketer Sakib al Hasan, Australian actress Cate Blanchett, French actor Omar Sy, French music producer DJ Snake visited Rohingya camps in recent months.