Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, aid remains scarce


The move follows criticism of the chaotic conditions in which relief supplies have been handed out at the huge camps around Cox's Bazar, where about 389,000 Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine state have arrived since Aug 25. "They need to have their own country".

Now that the UN human rights chief has termed the situation "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing" the demand for more actions can be heard louder.

The ISCI also documented how these genocide processes have been orchestrated at the highest levels of state and local Rakhine government.

There are thought to be around 2.35 million Muslims in Myanmar, based on figures from a 2014 census.

"Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment". However, many believe the real figure is closer to 10 percent.

The council's plan is literally to stop all their economic activities and secretly convert the Muslims into Buddhists.

"It seems rumors cause panic among people", Maung, who lives in Yangon, told Anadolu Agency.

The Centre is yet to spell out its stand on undocumented Rohingya but BJP-led State governments in Assam and Manipur have asked their police, especially in the border districts, to "push back anyone who tries to cross the border".

Meanwhile, four C-130 cargo planes took off on Wednesday from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airforce Base to deliver 34 tons of rice, ready-to-eat food, water tanks, refugee tents, children's clothing and blankets to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Indonesian government officials said.

In Taungdwingyi, a town 61 kilometers (38 miles) northwest of capital Naypyidaw, five people were arrested after a group of young men attacked dozens of Muslim homes and businesses. Rohingya militant groups are often involved in the clashes.

Initially, the army will be responsible for taking the aid to Cox's Bazar.

On Wednesday, the head of Myanmar's armed forces, Gen Min Aung Hlaing, said that the country "could not accept and recognise the term 'Rohingya' by hiding the truth" (meaning Myanmar's claim that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh).

Fear also gripped the Muslim communities in Yangon and Mandalay, which were both affected by anti-Muslim violence in 2013, as rumors of possible attacks on Muslims emerged.

Some have even said she should be stripped of her peace prize.

On Tuesday, a man later identified by police as 27-year-old Aung Thein Htwe shouted racist abuse in the city's Shanchaung township. They have been crowded on boats and ping-ponged between nations that don't want them.

"We are very happy to see Buddhists and Muslims are protecting each other", he said.

Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border to Bangladesh has climbed to 391,000.

These include reducing the population growth of the Rohingyas by gradual imposition of restrictions on their marriages and by application of all possible methods of oppression and suppression against them, denying them higher studies, government jobs, ownership of lands, shops and buildings.