U.S. President Barack Obama visits an educational centre for refugees in Malaysia on the sidelines of a regional meeting. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama visited an educational centre for refugees in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (November 21), to help focus attention, he said, on "an unprecedented number of refugees" across the world. Many of those at the centre were Rohingyas from Myanmar. Obama said they were representative of the millions of people displaced around the world. "They are just like our kids. They deserve love and protection and stability and an education. They are lucky they are here at this wonderful centre and getting that kind of support, but there are a lot of children just like them who are not. That's the face of not only refugees from Myanmar. That's the face of Syrian children and Iraqi children, children from war-torn regions of Sudan. When I sat there and talked to them and they were drawing or doing their math problems, they were indistinguishable from any child in America. The notion that somehow we would be fearful of them, that our politics would somehow leave us to turn our sights away from their plight, is not representative of the best of who we are," he said. The visit came amid a mounting Republican backlash in the U.S. against the Obama administration's plan to accept thousands more immigrants from Syria.