DHAKA: Some 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the foreign ministry in Dhaka stated 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 since an eruption of unrest in Myanmar’s western condition 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 convey “deep problem at the ongoing influx” of tens of 1000’s of users of the stateless ethnic minority into its territory.
“(We) mentioned that all over 50,000 Myanmar citizens took shelter into Bangladesh since 09 Oct 2016,” the ministry stated in a statement.
Rakhine borders Bangladesh and is residence to the Rohingya – a Muslim minority team loathed by numerous of Myanmar’s Buddhist greater part.
Dhaka also demanded early repatriation of all Burmese citizens who have been residing in the Muslim-greater part country for a long time, including some three hundred,000 Rohingya – most of them illegally.
A spokesman for the United Nations Substantial Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) informed AFP that at the very least 43,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh since Oct.
The broad greater part of those who arrived took refuge in makeshift settlements, official refugee camps and villages in Bangladesh’s resort district of Cox’s Bazar.
Several of those interviewed by AFP informed horrific stories of gang-rape, torture and murder at the fingers of Myanmar stability forces.
Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse but has banned foreign journalists and impartial investigators from accessing the space.
Bangladesh’s govt has been under strain to open up its border to the fleeing refugees, in a disaster which has been described as a marketing campaign of ethnic cleansing in opposition to the Rohingya.
But it has bolstered its border posts and deployed coastguard ships to prevent fresh arrivals.
In the past three months, its border guards have prevented hundreds of boats packed with 1000’s of Rohingya girls and young children from entering the nation.