A Rohingya community taking refuge in a strip of land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar frontier has called on the United Nations to ensure their safety amid a recent string of violent incidents near the border.
On Monday, residents of the Konapara camp, situated in no-man’s land along the Tumbru border in Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari Upazila, sent a letter to the UN outlining their concerns.
It came just three days after a Rohingya teenager was killed and at least five others injured when a mortar fired from Myanmar hit the refugee settlement at the border’s zero line. A Bangladeshi man was also injured in a ‘mine’ explosion near the border in Bandarban’s Ghumdhum.
Reports coming out of Myanmar indicate a full-blown armed conflict has broken out between the country’s military, officially known as Tatmadaw, and the Arakan Army, insurgents fighting for self-determination for ethnic minorities in Rakhine state, also home to over a million Rohingya who have taken refuge in Bangladesh.
Addressing the matter, Dil Mohammad, a community leader, said: “We have informed the UN in a letter that the Myanmar junta could launch a bigger attack on us at any moment.”
Caught in the crossfire between Myanmar’s military and the rebel forces, the Rohingya community sheltered at the zero line urged the UN to take immediate measures aimed at protecting them, according to Dil.
Oct 01, 2022Facebook owner Meta’s dangerous algorithms and reckless pursuit of profit substantially contributed to the atrocities perpetrated by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya people in 2017, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. The Social Atrocity: Meta and the right to remedy for the Rohingya,details how Meta knew or should have known that Facebook’s […]
Sep 26, 2022
Sep 20, 2022