Rohingya crisis: India sends relief material to Bangladesh

Sep 27, 2017, 00:27
Rohingya crisis: India sends relief material to Bangladesh

A search was launched on the weekend after a refugee in Bangladesh contacted a Hindu community leader in Myanmar to say insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) marched about 100 people out of their village on August 25 and killed them, the government said.

When Myanmar was under British rule from 1824 to 1948, a large number of migrant laborers came into the country from India and Bangladesh.

"The security troops continue searching for remaining Hindu people around the places of the pits", said a statement posted on army chief Min Aung Hlaing's Facebook page yesterday, blaming Rohingya militants for the killings.

Rights group Amnesty International said on Friday new satellite images and videos showed plumes of smoke were still rising from villages in Rakhine state.

Myanmar regards the Rohingya Muslims as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and communal violence has flared periodically for decades.

The latest influx has overwhelmed the camps around Cox's Bazar, which previously housed at least 300,000 people who had fled earlier violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

The foreign ministry official said Bangladesh has received a total of 270,000 tonnes of relief material since August 24 from various worldwide aid organisations.

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims are reported to have fled the violence-marred Myanmar's Rakhine province to neighboring country Bangladesh in the past month.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, citing a Hindu community leader in Maungdaw town, claimed that "hundreds of militants" were allegedly involved in the attack on the village that killed about 100 people on August 25, the same day when the group supposedly launched pre-dawn attacks on 30 police outposts along the western border with Bangladesh. Others have complained of being attacked by the insurgents on suspicion of being government spies.

Since August 24, an estimated 400,600 Rohingya have fled Myanmar and taken shelter in Bangladesh after a military crackdown, which the United Nations has condemned as "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Nearly all said the perpetrators were men in uniform who they identified as Myanmar military. The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has declared she will not turn away the refugees.

But civilian refugees streaming into Bangladesh say they were terrorised by soldiers and vigilante Buddhist mobs who torched their villages to the ground.

On September 14, police detained 20 Rohingyas in Manikganj and sent them back to the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

The midwives are part of a national programme backed by the Bangladesh government and supported by UNFPA and the World Health Organisation to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality, particularly in the country's rural areas.

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