Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

At Risk in Rohingya Exodus: 230000 Children, Hundreds All Alone

At Risk in Rohingya Exodus: 230000 Children, Hundreds All Alone

The UN has appealed to the worldwide community to keep aside politics and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar.

The Myanmar government says about 400 people have been killed in the latest fighting in Rakhine.

But since winning the general election in 2015, many have criticized Aung San Suu Kyi for doing little to quiet the ethnic rivalries within Myanmar.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and UN Security Council urged the government of Myanmar to end the violence.

Bangladesh is facing a huge problem due to the sudden influx of lakhs of refugees from Myanmar.

A spokesman for the presidential office in Myanmar said Wednesday that Suu Kyi had called off her upcoming trip to the 72nd UN General Assembly in NY for two reasons.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the council's press statement, which followed closed-door consultations, was the first statement the U.N.'s most powerful body has made in nine years on the situation in Myanmar.

The ministry warned that the three violations between September 10 and 14 could lead to "unwarranted consequences".

Bangladesh "urgently calls on the government of Myanmar to repatriate the Rohigya within Bangladesh's borders, and on the global community to pressure Myanmar to do so".

The group quoted Rohingya witnesses who described security officers and vigilantes using petrol or shoulder-fired rocket launchers to set homes alight, before firing on villagers as they fled.

"We are urgently appealing for more funds (for assistance)", he said. "The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", he said.

It added that two children and one woman were injured in a stampede during an unauthorized clothing distribution on the road in Balukhali Pan Bazar area of Ukhia.

The exodus of refugees, sparked by the security forces' fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since taking charge previous year.

Human rights groups and the United Nations describe that "reaction" as ethnic cleansing.

Backing up the pictures, Amnesty said fire sensors also deployed on satellites had detected 80 large-scale blazes across northern Rakhine state since 25 August, when the army launched "clearance operations" in response to attacks by Rohingya militants.

Suu Kyi has been widely condemned for her inaction in the face of the crisis, denting the Nobel peace laureate's reputation.

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