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At least 10,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh: UN

Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine

AFP | PTI  |  Dhaka 

Rohingya Muslim women look outside as many new refugees arrive near the Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. <b>Photo: Reuters</b>
Rohingya Muslim women look outside as many new refugees arrive near the Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Reuters

At least 10,000 have arrived in in recent weeks after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

An estimated 30,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine.



has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stop them from entering, but last week it said thousands had flooded into the country, many with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

"Based on reports by various humanitarian agencies, we estimate that there could be 10,000 new arrivals in recent weeks," said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the refugee agency in Bangkok.

"The situation is fast changing and the actual number could be much higher."

Those interviewed by AFP inside had horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.

Analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch found hundreds of buildings in villages have been razed.

Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse but has also banned foreign journalists and independent investigators from accessing the area to investigate.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has faced a growing international backlash for what a official has said amounts to a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Today she vowed to work for "peace and national reconciliation", saying her country faced many challenges, but did not mention the violence in Rakhine state.

community leaders in said another 3,000 displaced were stranded on an island in the Naf river that divides the two countries, attempting to enter Bangladesh.

"They have been stuck in the island for almost a week without sufficient food and clothes," Abu Ghalib told AFP.

But a spokesman for the border guards said the claims could not be verified as the island was not Bangladeshi territory.

has reinforced its border posts and deployed coast guard ships in an effort to prevent a fresh influx of refugees.

In the past two weeks, Bangladeshi border guards have prevented hundreds of boats packed with women and children from entering the country.

Nevertheless leaders in said the number of arrivals had risen this week.

But so far little or no aid has been provided for the new arrivals with Bangladeshi authorities fearing food, medicine and shelter will encourage more to cross the border.

Shinji Kubo, who heads the refugee agency in Bangladesh, said the new arrivals needed "urgent" help.

"Obviously these people have come from Myanmar after terrible experiences and without any belongings. The winter is approaching. So everyone is really worried about their wellbeing," he said.

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At least 10,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh: UN

Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine

Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine At least 10,000 have arrived in in recent weeks after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

An estimated 30,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine.

has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stop them from entering, but last week it said thousands had flooded into the country, many with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

"Based on reports by various humanitarian agencies, we estimate that there could be 10,000 new arrivals in recent weeks," said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the refugee agency in Bangkok.

"The situation is fast changing and the actual number could be much higher."

Those interviewed by AFP inside had horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.

Analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch found hundreds of buildings in villages have been razed.

Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse but has also banned foreign journalists and independent investigators from accessing the area to investigate.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has faced a growing international backlash for what a official has said amounts to a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Today she vowed to work for "peace and national reconciliation", saying her country faced many challenges, but did not mention the violence in Rakhine state.

community leaders in said another 3,000 displaced were stranded on an island in the Naf river that divides the two countries, attempting to enter Bangladesh.

"They have been stuck in the island for almost a week without sufficient food and clothes," Abu Ghalib told AFP.

But a spokesman for the border guards said the claims could not be verified as the island was not Bangladeshi territory.

has reinforced its border posts and deployed coast guard ships in an effort to prevent a fresh influx of refugees.

In the past two weeks, Bangladeshi border guards have prevented hundreds of boats packed with women and children from entering the country.

Nevertheless leaders in said the number of arrivals had risen this week.

But so far little or no aid has been provided for the new arrivals with Bangladeshi authorities fearing food, medicine and shelter will encourage more to cross the border.

Shinji Kubo, who heads the refugee agency in Bangladesh, said the new arrivals needed "urgent" help.

"Obviously these people have come from Myanmar after terrible experiences and without any belongings. The winter is approaching. So everyone is really worried about their wellbeing," he said.
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At least 10,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh: UN

Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine

At least 10,000 have arrived in in recent weeks after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

An estimated 30,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority living mostly in Myanmar, have been forced to leave their homes since a bloody crackdown by the army in the western state of Rakhine.

has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stop them from entering, but last week it said thousands had flooded into the country, many with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

"Based on reports by various humanitarian agencies, we estimate that there could be 10,000 new arrivals in recent weeks," said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the refugee agency in Bangkok.

"The situation is fast changing and the actual number could be much higher."

Those interviewed by AFP inside had horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.

Analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch found hundreds of buildings in villages have been razed.

Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse but has also banned foreign journalists and independent investigators from accessing the area to investigate.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has faced a growing international backlash for what a official has said amounts to a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Today she vowed to work for "peace and national reconciliation", saying her country faced many challenges, but did not mention the violence in Rakhine state.

community leaders in said another 3,000 displaced were stranded on an island in the Naf river that divides the two countries, attempting to enter Bangladesh.

"They have been stuck in the island for almost a week without sufficient food and clothes," Abu Ghalib told AFP.

But a spokesman for the border guards said the claims could not be verified as the island was not Bangladeshi territory.

has reinforced its border posts and deployed coast guard ships in an effort to prevent a fresh influx of refugees.

In the past two weeks, Bangladeshi border guards have prevented hundreds of boats packed with women and children from entering the country.

Nevertheless leaders in said the number of arrivals had risen this week.

But so far little or no aid has been provided for the new arrivals with Bangladeshi authorities fearing food, medicine and shelter will encourage more to cross the border.

Shinji Kubo, who heads the refugee agency in Bangladesh, said the new arrivals needed "urgent" help.

"Obviously these people have come from Myanmar after terrible experiences and without any belongings. The winter is approaching. So everyone is really worried about their wellbeing," he said.

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