he mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burma in just under three weeks is now triple the number of refugees who have tried to enter Europe across the Mediterranean so far this year, leaving aid agencies overwhelmed by the crisis.
An estimated 370,000 have escaped from Burma’s northern Rakhine state to overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps since August 25, compared to 128,012 people seeking to cross the Mediterranean since January.
Burma’s government has admitted that 176 out of 471 ethnic Rohingya villages are now empty.
Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, on Wednesday, called on authorities in Burma to end the violence against the Rohingya and acknowledged the situation there is best described as ethnic cleansing.
The humanitarian situation in Burma was "catastrophic," Mr. Guterres said and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid.
The Burmese government said on Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip next week's UN General Assembly meetings, and give a domestic speech to address the crisis, amid growing international outrage at her refusal to condemn the killings.
Rohingyas have said their homes were set on fire and family members shot, slashed or burned to death. “This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the past five years, with serious human rights concerns,” a UNHCR spokesperson told the Telegraph.
Chris Lom, a UN aid worker in Cox’s Bazar, on the frontline of the humanitarian disaster, said people were “very vulnerable, traumatized,” while relief agencies struggled.
“UN agencies and the government were expecting the possibility that as many as 100,000 more people could come across when there were already 600,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh,” he told UN News.
Sep 14, 2020Staff Reporter Abul kalam of Camp 16 told to our correspondence that Rohingya Community Members actually want to go back to Myanmar, not to a island which is in the middle of bay of Bengal. It is really very dangerous during monsoon season. Recently, some leaders from different camps went to see the location whether […]
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