DHAKA: Some fifty,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the foreign ministry in Dhaka explained on Thursday (Dec 29), looking for shelter from a bloody crackdown by the army.
Bangladesh has stepped up patrols to consider to stem the tide of refugees crossing the border considering that an eruption of unrest in Myanmar’s western point out of Rakhine in early Oct.
A factfile on Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. (AFP/Gal ROMA, Laurence CHU)
The foreign ministry summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to categorical “deep worry at the continued inflow” of tens of hundreds of associates of the stateless ethnic minority into its territory.
“(We) mentioned that close to fifty,000 Myanmar citizens took shelter into Bangladesh considering that 09 Oct 2016,” the ministry explained in a statement.
Rakhine borders Bangladesh and is home to the Rohingya – a Muslim minority group loathed by many of Myanmar’s Buddhist bulk.
Dhaka also demanded early repatriation of all Burmese citizens who have been living in the Muslim-bulk nation for decades, which includes some 300,000 Rohingya – most of them illegally.
A spokesman for the United Nations Substantial Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) instructed AFP that at the very least 43,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh considering that Oct.
The vast bulk of all those who arrived took refuge in makeshift settlements, formal refugee camps and villages in Bangladesh’s resort district of Cox’s Bazar.
A lot of of all those interviewed by AFP instructed horrific tales of gang-rape, torture and murder at the arms of Myanmar security forces.
Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse but has banned foreign journalists and unbiased investigators from accessing the place.
Bangladesh’s govt has been underneath tension to open up its border to the fleeing refugees, in a crisis which has been described as a marketing campaign of ethnic cleansing towards the Rohingya.
But it has strengthened its border posts and deployed coastguard ships to protect against contemporary arrivals.
In the past 3 months, its border guards have prevented hundreds of boats packed with hundreds of Rohingya girls and youngsters from entering the country.