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European Union responds to Myanmar generals' offensive against Rohingya

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks during a reception program upon her return from New York after attending the U.N. General Assembly session in Dhaka Bangladesh Saturday Oct. 7 2017. Hasina on Saturday said her government would continu European Union responds to Myanmar generals' offensive against Rohingya
Dexter Carr | 11 October, 2017, 00:12

"I left everything. I can't find my relatives ..."

Thousands of Islamist hardliners marched in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong on Friday calling for the government to arm Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing a crackdown in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.

In the past two weeks at least 37 people have died and scores were feared dead after two boats packed with fleeing Rohingya refugees capsized, one in the Naf river and another in the Bay of Bengal. This was reported on Monday by the Reuters, referring to the draft document on possible measures against Myanmar, which is now being discussed by representatives of European Union countries at the central bodies of the community. "My brother wants to marry a Rohingya woman just to help her".

Humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide shelter and basic services amid the rapid influx of refugees to an area that was already sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya.

The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among almost a million Rohingya now living there.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the cuts were temporary and due to delays in receiving payments.

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The Southeast Asian nation is home to a diverse patchwork of more than 100 ethnic groups but the Rohingya are not recognised as an official ethnicity - a status that renders them stateless.

Mostly Buddhist Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya as citizens, even though many have lived there for generations.

The insurgents declared a one-month ceasefire from September 10 to enable the delivery of aid but the government rebuffed them, saying it did not negotiate with "terrorists". Kyu additionally revealed on how every of the displaced people within Bangladeshi region will now have the capacity to go back subsequent to the procedure for confirmation. Starvation caused by Myanmar's military and government restrictions will cause a new wave of Rohingyas escaping to Bangladesh.

Gangs of boat owners, crew and fishermen have been charging the fleeing Rohingya upwards of $250 for the two-hour journey that normally costs no more than $5.

The UN says more than 600,000 have arrived in the previous year, swelling camps that were already home to between 300,000 and 400,000 refugees.

The United States and Britain have warned Myanmar the crisis is putting at risk the progress it has made since the military began to loosen its grip on power in 2011.

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