Rohingya refugee crisis continues in Bangladesh


Rohingya refugees (from Reuters video)

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) — Rohingya refugees continued to arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar on Sunday (September 10) putting more pressure on the relief effort to keep them fed and sheltered.

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on August 25.

The refugees are being housed in makeshift camps in and around the city of Cox’s Bazar, which is near the Myanmar border. Aid groups have warned that the humanitarian crisis is growing.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under international pressure to halt the violence.

Critics complain that Suu Kyi, who won a Nobel peace prize for championing democracy, has failed to speak out for a minority that has long complained of persecution.

But Buddhist-majority Myanmar says its forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists” it blames for the attacks on them and for burning homes and civilian deaths.