Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

With World's Eyes on Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar's Top General Calls for Unity

With World's Eyes on Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar's Top General Calls for Unity

Bangladesh authorities say they are also preparing special measures to care for Rohingya orphans.

The Rohingya Muslims, who have taken refuge in Cox's Bazar and Teknaf border areas in Bangladesh after they fled the barbarous persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine State, are now suffering due to an absence of food, shelters, medicines, sanitation facilities and clean water.

The Burmese government said hundreds of people have died, mostly Rohingya "terrorists", and that 176 out of 471 Rohingya villages have been abandoned.

More than 340,000 people are now estimated to have fled to Bangladesh, escaping violence in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar, and the numbers are growing daily. Several political and social parties like MIM, MBT, Welfare Party, Congress, TDP and the Left parties are openly demanding that the BJP-led NDA government should not deport Rohingyas from here on humanitarian grounds.

"Back home, our chickens were kept in bigger accommodation than the ones we're living in now", he said.

Tom Delamere, CAFOD's Programme Officer for Bangladesh, said: "Reports we have received from the United Nations and from our partner, Caritas Bangladesh, show the desperate need faced by thousands of people".

In the meantime, he said there were more than three reports on activities involving doubtful religious speakers and the case was handed over to the Melaka Islamic Religious Council and the Islamic Religious Department of Melaka for further action.

Iranian officials have voiced readiness to construct emergency camps and field hospitals for the refugees on Bangladesh's border with Myanmar.

"At the moment there's well over 50,000 people that we observed, literally yesterday, on the roadsides, settling in makeshift camps in very precarious conditions".

Of the arrestees, 15 are children, 38 women and 17 men.

Prime Minister Hasina will also urge the world leaders to play an effective role in stopping the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The government of Bangladesh is reportedly considering opening a large area to accommodate more of the Rohingya who have entered the region, although this has raised concerns about security and the impact on the local community.

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