Global split over Rohingya crisis

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

A young man carries an old woman.

He continued: "The second reason is, there are people inciting riots in some areas".

Her government, of course, has no control over the army. While the government of Myanmar wants to justify this campaign - and it is a campaign that is targeting the Rohingya - as a counter-insurgency operation, it is absolutely not.

Critics have called for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her peace prize amid reports of "ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslim's in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees on Tuesday. "The UN security council should have seen this coming long ago", Louis Charbonneau of Human Rights Watch said at a press conference today. The total number of Rohingya now sheltering in camps in Bangladesh has reached about 700,000, with new arrivals joining the hundreds of thousands who fled violence in previous years.

Almost 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from violence-hit Myanmar.

According to preliminary data, Lieby said, 60 percent of the refugees are children.

Myanmar police disputed that, saying the houses were burned by terrorists they called Bengalis.

The military's brutal counteroffensive - which has been described by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing" - has left hundreds dead and forced around 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh in just the past three weeks.

Authorities have denied that the security forces, or Buddhist civilians, have been setting the fires, and have blamed the insurgents.

On Wednesday Zaw Htay said there had been a total of 471 Rohingya villages in three townships. Bangladesh's unwillingness to host more refugees became apparent in the government's plan to relocate Rohingyas to a remote island that is mostly flooded during the monsoon season.

A senior Turkish minister has said the World Health Organization (WHO) will assist Turkey's humanitarian efforts in the Rohingya crisis. Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.

Speaking from Bangladesh, Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's crisis response director, told United Nations reporters, "These people have been walking, some of them for days, escaping what can only be described as widespread and systematic abuses".

But as I said on Twitter, they go back, they are dead.

In the last two weeks, the government hospital in Cox's Bazar has been overwhelmed by Rohingya patients, with 80 arriving with gunshot wounds as well as bad infections.

There is also scant sympathy among Myanmar's Buddhist majority for the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim group branded "Bengalis" - shorthand for illegal immigrants.

Coming out in support of Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingyas, the al-Qaeda issued a statement urging Muslims across the world to support their fellow Muslims with "military support", reported news agency Reuters.

Before August 25, Bangladesh had already been housing some 500,000 Rohingya who arrived after bloody anti-Muslim rioting in 2012 or amid earlier persecution drives in Myanmar.

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