World Health Organization warns of cholera outbreak risk in Bangladesh's Rohingya camps

by Joy Montgomery September 27, 2017, 0:27
World Health Organization warns of cholera outbreak risk in Bangladesh's Rohingya camps

The lines of frail and traumatized Rohingya streaming into Bangladesh have overwhelmed aid agencies and triggered alarm from world leaders, with ramshackle camps along the border swelling into one of the largest refugee settlements in the world.

Seven more improvised explosive devices have been uncovered by Myanmar security forces in a village in Yathedaung township of Rakhine state, but were deactivated with no injury, Myanmar News Agency reported yesterday. Authorities suspect they belong to Hindus killed by Rohingya insurgents last month at the beginning of a wave of violence that has sent 436,000 members of the Muslim minority group fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The latest influx has overwhelmed the camps around Cox's Bazar, which previously housed at least 300,000 people who had fled earlier violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

"Their situation remains desperate, and we risk a dramatic deterioration if aid is not rapidly stepped up", he said.

"There is an abundance of material to show that the Rohingyas are being forced to flee Myanmar due to atrocities systematically carried out against them on account of their religious and ethnic identity", stated the affidavit.

Rohingya refugees wait for food distribution organized by the Bangladesh army at the refugee camp of Balukhali near Gumdhum on September 25, 2017.

The United Nations has described a sweeping military response to those attacks as "ethnic cleansing" aimed at driving Rohingya out of Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

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President Erdogan, who has repeatedly highlighted the plight of the Rohingya, again accused the Yangon government of carrying out a "genocide" against the people in Rakhine state.

The statement said "terrorists" were to blame for the blast, without specifying if they were linked to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - the Rohingya militant group behind the ambushes on police posts.

Thus, as per the global law, Rohingyas are "refugees" and had fled their country to avoid persecution and can not return to their homeland.

The once 1.1-million strong group are denied citizenship in mainly Buddhist Myanmar and widely viewed as foreign invaders from Bangladesh, a narrative pushed by army chief Min Aung Hlaing in regular Facebook posts.

Vast swathes of the border region are now emptied of Muslim residents, with almost 40 per cent of Rohingya villages abandoned in under a month.

Experts also feel that the new age gun wielding Rohingyas are more prone to be sucked into terrorism and are likely to pledge alliance with global terror networks, thus exacerbating their already vulnerable state of affairs.


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