370,000 Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar

UN in its latest report today said that about 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees entered Bangladesh in the last one month after August 25 attack by Rohingya Muslims on border security forces which led to a violent crackdown by the Myanmar military.

“An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25,” Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, told the media.

It is estimated that at least 3000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed after the August 25 crackdown.

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Rohingya Muslims have from long being discriminated and oppressed in Myanmar where the Buddhist community holds the control and power in the government. The notion that Rohingya Muslims are “outsiders” and “settlers” is strong in the Buddhist majority Myanmar with spiritual leaders like Ashin Wirathu leading the protests against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

UN in its statement said Myanmar treatment of Rohingya looks like ‘textbook ethnic cleansing’ with Eminent social rights activists from around the world criticising Aung San Syu ki for her silence and role in this crisis.

In her statement after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said other nations have respect Myanmar’s unity and territorial Integrity as a reply.

The August 25 violence has led to the massive fleeing of Rohingya Muslims from the border state of Rakhine which harbours the majority of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to the neighbouring country of Bangladesh which shares its south eastern border with it.

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The UN authorities though estimate that the numbers can be higher as the refugees are still escaping and entering Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape the religious persecution.
Authorities also said that the refugee camps which held at least 300,000 Rohingya Muslims before the latest upsurge have been overwhelmed and that they are running out of daily supplies.

With the monsoon now coming it has left thousands of refugees shelterless, leaving it on them to fend for themselves.

The spike from Monday nights figure which was about 313,000 to now 370,000 was due to the fact the refugees are now settling beside the roads in unauthorised refugee camps where counting the number of them was easier, explains UN.


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