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Rohingya could die from lack of food and water - aid group

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 01:10

Rohingya refugees fleeing conflict in Myanmar into Bangladesh could die from a lack of food, water and shelter unless the emergency response is stepped up, says Save the Children. Lucy Fielder reports.

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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die from a lack of food, water and shelter. A stark warning given by Save the Children as aid agencies struggle to cope with the huge numbers fleeing violence in Myanmar. A government offensive against insurgents has driven nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh in what the U.N. calls a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." They arrive exhausted and hungry. Local Bangladeshi Muslims handing out food supplies, as are aid groups. But they can't keep up with the vast numbers - the new arrivals joining some 400,000 Rohingya refugees who were already in Bangladesh. Aid agencies say the emergency response must be scaled up quickly. Rights groups say Myanmar, a majority Buddhist country, is waging a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population, which it denies. Human Rights Watch reporting that 62 Rohingya villages have been torched since the offensive started. Bangladesh plans a new camp for the arrivals, but it will take time, as needs grow ever more desperate.

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Rohingya could die from lack of food and water - aid group

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 01:10