Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bangladesh places restrictions on Rohingya refugees from Burma

Bangladesh places restrictions on Rohingya refugees from Burma

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine State.

Sheikh Hasina's Deputy Press Secretary Nazrul Islam said that Sushma spoke to the Bangladesh Prime Minister over the phone and conveyed the message to her, The Daily Star reported.

United Nations agencies fear that continued violence in Burma may eventually drive up to 1 million Rohingya into Bangladesh.

Over 400,000 of mostly Rohingya Muslim refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh over the last three weeks.

Rohingya Muslim refugees carry supplies through the Jalpatoli refugee camp.

In addition to the vaccination campaign, the two United Nations agencies are also helping the Government reinforce maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health services; renovate delivery and new-born care units; improve water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities; and strengthen disease surveillance, early warning and health-related information systems. There are also about 52,000 pregnant and lactating women among the refugees. According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown. Many of the Muslims have lost their lives while tens of thousands have been displaced as a result of attacks by Buddhists.

A young child stands among demonstrators holding placards as they take part in a rally in front of The Eiffel Tower in Paris on September 16, 2017, to protest the situation of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.

Rohingya from 10 camps, cordoned off by police guards near Sittwe, say some camps received food rations in August, but most of the camps did not.

We can, if so inclined, pray for the people in harm's way, for the people who commit violence, for the people who are helping tear down and rebuild, for the children who are trapped in crisis, for leaders who don't act in the best interest of people.

Aid agencies are overwhelmed by the sheer size of the exodus.

Officials in Washington have been careful not to undermine the weak civilian government of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, which took office a year ago, ending five decades of ruinous army rule. "They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar".

The Christian protesters have asked the global community to provide protection to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

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