At least 270000 Rohingya flee Myanmar violence in 2 weeks- UN says

September 8, 2017 | By | Reply More

More than a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh in just two weeks, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

rohingya flee myanmarSpokesman William Spindler said 270,000 Rohingya had crossed the border since August 25, when clashes between the military and militants intensified.

The new numbers represent roughly a third of the country’s Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority, although the Myanmar government doesn’t release exact population figures.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Myanmar, said Friday that at least 1,000 people had been killed in the violence over the past two weeks, though she said that figure is “very likely an underestimate.”

“Figures are difficult to verify because of lack of access to the affected areas,” she said.

The Rohingya are considered to be among the world’s most persecuted people. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they’re Burmese.

The government of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, blames terrorists for starting the recent violence.Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers in border post attacks almost two weeks ago, according to state media.

Dozens of Rohingya women and children fleeing the violence have drowned while attempting to escape to Bangladesh by boat.

A Bangladeshi border guard, who asked not to be identified, had retrieved eight bodies on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River on Wednesday alone, half of whom were children.

“It was a case of a boat capsizing,” he said. ” (But) this has been happening from day one … Since then, around 60 to 65 bodies have arrived south (of the border area.) In other areas, maybe 10 to 15.”

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports

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