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270,000 Rohingya Have Fled Myanmar, U.N. Says
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:39:26 pm »
HONG  KONG — The number of Rohingya who have fled fighting in western Myanmar  has climbed sharply to 270,000, placing a huge strain on camps in Bangladesh where they are seeking shelter, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

On Thursday, the United Nations agency said that about 164,000 Rohingya had fled since fighting broke out in late August.

Two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh that were already  home to nearly 34,000 Rohingya “are now bursting at the seams,” Duniya  Aslam Khan, a spokeswoman for the refugee agency, said in a statement.

“The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted,” she said. “Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road  and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas.”
The  sharp increase is the result of more people leaving Myanmar and a more  detailed count of those already in Bangladesh, Mohammed Abdiker,  director of operations and emergencies for the United Nations migration  agency, the International Organization for Migration, said on Twitter.

The refugees in Bangladesh are mostly women and children who have arrived on foot, the United Nations refugee agency said. Some have tried to make  dangerous crossings by boat. Last week, at least 46 Rohingya were found dead along the banks of the Naf River, which forms part of the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group that has faced severe repression in  Myanmar, where a Buddhist majority has long ruled. About one million  Rohingya live in Rakhine State in the west of the country. An additional  300,000 to 500,000 live in Bangladesh, many of them in grim refugee  camps.

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