Number of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh reaches 421000 since August 25

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2017

Around 200 people, including both Hindu and Buddhist nationals, gathered in Yangon to show their support for the Myanmar government and to condemn the attacks by Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine that began on August 25.

As of now, Bangladesh is hosting over 800,000 Rohingyas, he said, urging Canada to take action in line with the European Union resolution that was adopted recently following the exodus from Rakhine State.

A group of countries, led by the United Kingdom, met with representatives of the Myanmar government in NY, calling on them to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority and allow aid to be provided.

"People thought the aid was only for the Bengalis", the secretary of the state government, Tin Maung Swe, told Reuters.

Plans are being chalked up to motivate the Rohingyas to keep their family size small alongside providing them with kits containing birth control pills and other contraceptives also to prevent outbreak of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), officials said.

Most refugees have ended up in camps in the Bangladeshi district of Cox's Bazar, which already had hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who had fled prior rounds of violence.

Facebook is reportedly removing posts and suspending accounts of activists who are documenting the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Daily Beast has reported.

Meanwhile, a truck carrying aid for Rohingya refugees is reported to have veered off a road and fallen into a ditch in Bangladesh, killing nine people and injuring 10 others.

Rohingya refugees are fleeing from violence-hit state of Rakhine in Myanmar to India and Bangladesh. "They are just doing their own thing", said Gul Bahar, 50, gesturing to nearby soldiers underneath a plastic tarpaulin.

She said aid workers "managed to engage the people in dialogue, communicating that we work transparently and were there for everyone in need", and were eventually left alone with the supplies.

Trump wants the UN Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to end the violence, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, declaring the conflict a threat to the region and world.

But, she said, Bangladesh would require humanitarian assistance from the brotherly Muslim countries until their return home.

Suu Kyi addressed the nation on Tuesday and condemned abuses and said all violators would be punished, adding that she was committed to peace and the rule of law. "It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abdicate responsibility".

Officials of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said many Rohingyas were suffering from diarrhoea, acute respiratory throat infection, pneumonia, chronic skin disease called "psoriasis" and fever.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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