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Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh

COX‘S BAZAR: Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. Wading through waste-deep water with children strapped to their sides, the Rohingya told Reuters…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Army in ‘systematic’ campaign to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya is aimed at permanently expelling the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.  The UN report, which is based on interviews with refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, details a campaign by Myanmar’s military to terrorise the Rohingya through atrocities that range…

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At least 12 dead as Rohingya refugee boat sinks off Bangladesh

SHAH PORIR DWIP: At least 12 Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing Monday after their overloaded boat capsized in the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar. Authorities in Bangladesh said the boat was carrying between 60 and 100 people when it overturned and sank late Sunday…

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Bangladesh destroys boats ferrying Rohingya from Myanmar

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh: Bangladeshi authorities have destroyed about 20 boats that ferried Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, accusing smugglers of using the huge exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country, reported Reuters. Refugees told Reuters that border guards also beat and arrested passengers and crew as they landed at Shah Porir Dwip, on…

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Fashion designer Nabila sets aside 50% of her profit for Rohingya Muslims

NEWS DESK: Fashion designer Nabila has set aside 50% of her profit for Rohingya Muslims’ donations. Through social media, she has been encouraging others to donate for the oppressed Muslim minority suffering in Myanmar. Watch here:

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Aid groups seek $434 million for Rohingya crisis for next six months

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Humanitarian organizations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, many of them children, who need life-saving help, reported Reuters. There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in…

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Myanmar, Bangladesh plan to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees

The exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar has been described by the U.N. as the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency. Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to establish a “working group” that aims to repatriate over half a million Rohingya Muslims who’ve fled to Bangladesh during army attacks against their villages and civilians. The announcement was confirmed…

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UN finds ‘unimaginable’ suffering in Myanmar’s Rakhine on visit

The scale of the suffering inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state is “unimaginable”, the United Nations said Monday, after three of its members joined a belated government-steered visit for aid agencies and diplomats to the conflict-battered region. Myanmar has tightly controlled access to the state since last month when attacks by Rohingya militants prompted an army kickback…

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Fear of epidemic disaster as disease stalks Rohingya camps

COX’S BAZAR: Rashida Begum steers clear of the water pump near the reeking latrine shared by more than 100 families in a grim corner of Bangladesh that has grown into one of the world’s largest refugee settlements in just weeks. “The pump works, but the water stinks, so we don’t drink it,” the Rohingya woman…

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Death toll from Rohingya boat capsize likely to top 60: UN

GENEVA: The death toll from a boat which capsized off Bangladesh carrying Rohingya refugees is set to pass 60, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. “Twenty-three people have been confirmed dead … 40 are missing and presumed drowned,” IOM spokesman Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva, referring to the Thursday accident. “The total fatality…

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Aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine on Thursday: UN

Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims. “There will be a trip organized by the government, probably tomorrow, to Rakhine,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “We hope above all that it…

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Eating leaves to survive in Myanmar’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ zone

MAUNGDAW: Along the main road that stretches nearly 40 kilometers north from Maungdaw town in Myanmar’s violence-riven Rakhine State, all but one of the villages that were once home to tens of thousands of people have been turned into smouldering ash. Hundreds of cows roam through deserted settlements and charred paddy fields. Hungry dogs eat…

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17 more Hindu bodies found as Myanmar unearths mass graves: govt

NEWS DESK: Searchers on Monday found 17 more Hindu bodies in mass graves in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the government said, a day after 28 corpses were exhumed in what the army says is evidence of a massacre by Muslim Rohingya militants, reported AFP. Northern Rakhine has been ravaged by communal violence since Rohingya insurgents staged…

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UN says Rohingya must not be forced to move to remote island

Bangladesh must not force Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to move to camps on a desolate island, the UN refugee chief said Monday. Authorities have stepped up moves to house the Rohingya on the island in the Bay of Bengal since a new surge which now totals 436,000 refugees started arriving on August 25….

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U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said, reported Reuters. The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters,…

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Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast

SITTWE, Myanmar: Manmar’s army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased “clearance operations” in…

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Seven countries seek UN council meeting on Myanmar

France, Britain, the United States and four other countries have asked the UN Security Council to meet next week to discuss the ongoing violence in Myanmar, according to a request seen by AFP on Friday. The seven countries including Egypt, Kazakhstan, Senegal and Sweden want UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to brief the council on Myanmar’s…

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Freedom fighter or curse? The man behind the Rohingya insurgency

To his foes, Ata Ullah is a reckless amateur who has brought untold misery to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya after launching an insurgency in Myanmar. But to supporters of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, their leader is an intrepid fighter who left a life of luxury in Saudi Arabia to defend the stateless group…

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Rohingya crisis: Hundreds of Buddhists gather to block aid shipment reaching Burma’s fleeing Muslims

NEWS DESK: Hundreds of Buddhists in Burma tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air, reported The Independent. The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery…

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Nine dead as Red Cross Rohingya aid truck crashes in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH: A Red Cross truck carrying aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees crashed in Bangladesh on Thursday killing at least nine people, police said. The driver lost control of the truck, which went into a ditch near the border town of Cox’s Bazar where more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to escape violence in…

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