Bangladesh wants to move 100,000 of the Rohingya refugees sheltered in camps to a cyclone prone island [Dar Yasin/AP]

Top UN officials have urged the international community not to forget the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and called for global support to ensure their safe and voluntary return to Myanmar.

Speaking to reporters following a visit to refugee camps in Bangladesh‘s Cox’s Bazar on Friday, Mark Lowcock, the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said the body was seeking to raise nearly a billion dollars to help the Rohingya refugees and their host community. 

More than 700,000 members of the persecuted minority fled Myanmar following a brutal military crackdown in response to attacks by a Rohingya armed group.

More than 1.2 million now live in overcrowded and squalid

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