Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Fears of fresh Myanmar violence as Rohingya crisis intensifies

Fears of fresh Myanmar violence as Rohingya crisis intensifies

Oct 7:Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the global community, including the United Kingdom, to intensify pressure on Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.

A Bangladesh minister gave details of the mega camp as Myanmar's army blamed Rohingya militants for setting fire to houses in troubled Rakhine state in recent days to intensify the exodus of the Muslim minority across the border.

The Myanmar government answered that the more than 500 people killed in the fighting are "terrorists" who have been attacking civilians and torching villages.

The UK state minister praised the people of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for saving the lives of tens of thousands of Rohingya people by giving them shelter.

Simply finding enough empty ground to accommodate the refugees is a huge problem. Another 1,000 acres of land has been allotted for the objective.

Once all the trees are felled, aid workers plan to put up 150,000 tarpaulin shelters in their place.

But because of strict laws forbidding citizens of Bangladesh from marrying Rohingya, the couple is on the run.

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A Rohingya girl cries during her migration with people to the Musolli refugee camp at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on October 05, 2017.

Last month, wild elephants trampled two refugees to death and Rahman said more such encounters appeared inevitable as more forest is destroyed. The agencies have still been urging the global community to provide them with the support.

An estimated 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees are arriving in Bangladesh daily, joining over half a million others who have made the journey.

Aid agencies are warning of acute shortages of food for the exhausted, hungry and weak refugees arriving in Cox's Bazar, which could soon lead to widespread malnutrition, IOM said.

The statement did not include any direct threats of new violence.

United Nations agencies are wary of planning beyond six months for fear or creating a self-perpetuating crisis.

The coast guard of Bangladesh discovered Thursday, the lifeless body of 26 the Rohingya, many of them children, whose boats have capsized as they fled the violence in Burma. And given how vulnerable the Rohingya, who have managed to take refuge in our land, are, ruling out such a possibility might be disastrous.

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