Trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims sinks near Bangladesh, 2 children dead — Myanmar


In Cox's Bazar, in the south-east of Bangladesh, ITV News found Rohinya families who were physically and mentally scarred by the violence they had encountered.

Anayat Ullah is a Rohingya Muslim living in Auckland who is urging the New Zealand Government to increase its refugee intake.

The Bangladesh government plans to construct a large camp to house some 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured in from neighboring Myanmar over the past three weeks, officials said.

The government has declared ARSA a terrorist organisation and accused it of setting the fires and attacking civilians.

He also urged the international community to provide whatever assistance they could. "Was it because the parents put them forward for the crossing, or was it something else?" he asked, alluding to the reports of large-scale violence. "We will do all we can to ease the suffering of the Rohingya refugees".

(CNN) - Amnesty International said Thursday that Myanmar's ongoing crackdown on the Muslim minority Rohingya population is "ethnic cleansing".

The council "expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians. and resolve the refugee problem".

Myanmar rejects the accusations, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claimed responsibility for the August 25 attacks and similar, though smaller, attacks in October.

The United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, said around 4,00,000 refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh, where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the council's press statement, which followed closed-door consultations, was the first statement the U.N.'s most powerful body has made in nine years on the situation in Myanmar.

Relief workers are struggling to cope with the huge numbers, with 10,000-20,000 people crossing the border each day.