Bangladesh plans huge camps for Rohingya refugees

Posted September 18, 2017

As Dhaka struggled to cope with the scale of the "unprecedented crisis", dozens of refugees were found in three towns hundreds of kilometres from the Myanmar frontier, stoking fears that thousands of Rohingya Muslims will move from the border region into the the mainland of Bangladesh.

Earlier this month, aid workers from Caritas Bangladesh's regional office, Caritas Chittagong, visited Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazila in the Cox's Bazar district.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has condemned the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and called on the country's government and its leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, to no longer remain silent.

As some 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in the past weeks, leading United Nations officials have said that the crisis carries the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing.

Mr Kunal said that human rights bodies had also condemned Myanmarese government on several occasions for persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the country. But the Army said it was responding to attacks by militants and denied targeting civilians. A total of 8,500 temporary toilets will be built and 14 "makeshift warehouses" will be set up near the shelters.

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Amid an escalating concern that the Rohingya refugees might spread out across the country, 70 Rohingyas were detained from Cox's Bazar town on Sunday when they were trying to move out of their designated areas.

Although the recruiting of terrorists to Rakhine was still new, they were gathering information on the matter, including the detention of a 38-year-old man from Malacca on September 10, he said.

Half of the children in Rakhine were malnourished, according to the UN Children's Fund. They are facing challenges of food, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation.

More than 430 people have been killed, majority insurgents, and about 30,000 non-Muslim villagers have been displaced, the government said. Police yesterday said that they have issued an order prohibiting Rohingya refugees from leaving the areas and camps.

The military says its "clearance operations" in northern Rakhine State are aimed at flushing out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.