Boat carrying asylum seekers from Myanmar capsizes off Bangladesh

Oct 11, 2017, 00:13
Boat carrying asylum seekers from Myanmar capsizes off Bangladesh

The bodies of ten children, one man, and an elderly woman have been recovered from the boat. "I can't find my relatives ..."

Hasina accused Myanmar of creating tensions at the border, but said she has asked the country's security forces to deal with the crisis "very carefully".

A vessel carrying Rohingya overturned near the coast of Bangladesh, resulting in the deaths of at least a dozen people. While Suu Kyi has been an outspoken defender of civil rights and pushed for democratic reforms under the military government of Myanmar, the plight of the Rohingya has not been adequately addressed, he said.

Humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide shelter and basic services amid the rapid influx of refugees to an area that was already sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the cuts were temporary and due to delays in receiving payments. "We have to cross quickly but we don't have the money to pay for the boat", one Rohingya father of four told an AFP reporter in Rakhine state. These violations may amount to "crimes against humanity", the United Nations added. When ARSA declared the ceasefire, the government rejected it, saying it would no negotiate with "terrorists". "Many show signs of malnutrition", the IOM statement said.

The ability of the group to mount any sort of challenge to the army is unclear, but it does not appear to have been able to put up resistance to the latest military offensive.

The chairman of the US bishops' Committee on Migration called on the federal government to work with the Myanmar government and the global community to solve the crisis affecting the persecuted Rohingya people. But even as refugees arrive, Bangladesh insists they will all have to go home.

"Even the global pressure has so far failed to refrain Myanmar military from implementing its long-term depopulation plan for Rohingyas", added Mahmood.

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority who have long faced persecution in Myanmar, which regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The United States and Britain have warned Myanmar the crisis is threatening to discredit significant progress made by the country since it began moving away from military rule.

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