Global action needed to end massacre of Rohingya Muslims

18 September, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A member of Border Guard Bangladesh tells a Rohingya girl not to come on Bangladesh side in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh

It was the third time in less than three weeks that Dhaka has summoned the Myanmar envoy as ties between the two neighbours soured after violence in Myanmar's north Rakhine state triggered a massive refugee crisis. We are also concerned about reports of extensive loss of life of civilians and the huge suffering that is producing the displacement of thousands of people from their homes and livelihoods.

An estimated 409,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh until September 10, fleeing the military crackdown in Myanmar, says a United Nations report.

The Myanmar military responded to the attacks with extrajudicial murders, rapes, village torchings and other acts of violence, according to global rights groups and survivors.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein called the security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". But the Army said it was responding to attacks by militants and denied targeting civilians.

"Significant numbers of new arrivals are observed along the roadsides at Kutupalong and thousands of new arrivals are reportedly taking shelter in Teknaf urban area", the report said. "Let one thing be clear, the present Rohingya crisis is not comparable to Bangladesh refugee crisis that we faced in 1971". In Cox's Bazar, where there are concentrations of refugees, the camps of fortune now extend to loss of sight.

Rohingya refugees walk in the rain as they are held by the Border Guard Bangladesh after illegally crossing the border in Teknaf Bangladesh

Children below five years will be administered polio vaccines while kids from six months to five years will be provided vitamin A capsules, the surgeon said.

The Rohingya are fleeing from a Myanmar military offensive in the western state of Rakhine that began after a series of guerrilla attacks on August 25 on security posts and an army camp in which about a dozen people were killed. They are often described as the world's most persecuted minority.

Many of over 3,50,000 refugees, staying either under open sky or at the new refugee camps and shelters, are suffering from diarrhea and different diseases and don't have an access to even clean drinking water and proper medicines.

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


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