Humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh as 270000 Rohingya flee Myanmar

Posted September 10, 2017

The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya to be economic migrants from Bangladesh, and has never granted them citizenship, even though most can show their families have been in the country for generations.

The latest flight of Rohingya from their homes in Myanmar began two weeks ago after Rohingya insurgents attacked several police posts in Rakhine.

Myanmar government has said at least 400 people have been killed so far, describing most of those killed as "terrorists".

In updated figures released by the authorities on Thursday, Myanmar said 6,600 Rohingya homes and 201 non-Muslim homes had been burned to the ground since August 25.

Malaysia expects to see numerous people seeking shelter in its territory in the next few weeks, said Zulkifli Abu Bakar, the director general of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency said and the country is prepared for it. "We are supposed to provide basic necessities for them to continue their journey and push them away", Zulkifli told Reuters.

The Afghan government also asked the United Nations, human rights organisations and the global fraternity to put an end to the humanitarian disaster and help the affected people with a sense of urgency. Muslim countries were criticised by the students for their silence over the issue.

Bangladeshi onlookers stand next to dead bodies of Rohingya refugees washed up on the banks of the Naf river in Tenkaf on September 1, 2017.

On the Myanmar side of the border, reporters saw no Rohingya in any of the five destroyed villages they were allowed to tour on Thursday, making it unlikely they could have been responsible for the new fires. "They are not created to travel on this rough sea, they are taking long detour".

At one food distribution point, women were volunteering to help keep order by gently tapping people with bamboo sticks to urge them back in line. According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the number of refugees that have arrived in Bangladesh is estimated at about 146,000.

The declaration had "called on all parties to contribute to the restoration of stability and security, exercise maximum self-restraint from using violent means, respect the human rights of all people in Rakhine State regardless of their faith and ethnicity", as "there can be no sustainable development without peace".

Speaking to journalists ahead of his trip to Kazakh capital Astana, Erdoğan expressed hope that the upcoming summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would make the Muslim world's voice louder regarding violence in Myanmar that forced tens of thousands of Rohingya seek shelter in neighboring Bangladesh. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.