United Nations warns of more Rohingya refugee influx to Bangladesh

United Nations warns of more Rohingya refugee influx to Bangladesh

United Nations warns of more Rohingya refugee influx to Bangladesh

Since Aug. 25 when the military launched a crackdown against Rohingya militants, 515,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

According to Unicef, 5,011 cases of diarrhea were reported last week among these people, which should serve as an alert.

Muslim Rohingya insurgents continue say they are open to peace moves by the Myanmar government, as the one-month ceasefire by the latter comes to a close.

Amidst alarming reports that Bangladesh now has a bigger population of Rohingyas than Myanmar, the Eastern neighbour has asked India to not mix up the humanitarian and security aspects of the conflict in Rakhine.

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"Diplomats always, necessarily, work through government channels and so it's not at all unusual for them to take these kinds of trips", Mr. Neve said.

Ms Hasina's assurances on Saturday came as a top United Nations official said that Bangladesh's plan to build the world's biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya was risky because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly.

Aid organizations say more than half of the villages in the north of Rakhine state have been torched in a campaign by the security forces and Buddhist vigilantes to drive out Muslims.

Communities in Chittagong share close cultural, religious and linguistic ties with the Rohingya, and images on social media purportedly showing abuses against the Muslim minority in mainly Buddhist Myanmar have aroused strong sympathy in Bangladesh.

"The (Myanmar) military and ARSA should sit in a roundtable meeting.there is no point in killing and butchering each other", said Mohammed Idriss, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh's Kutupalong camp. The diplomats, which also included the U.S., French and German ambassadors to Myanmar, negotiated a number of conditions with the Myanmar government and Border Police Guard: that they visit an isolated Rohingya village, that police stay back when they speak with villagers and the people they speak with be protected from reprisals.

Referring to the plight of Rohingyas, Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said, "Because as long as that presence is there, it's a check to these kinds of atrocities". Myanmar has started negotiation, she said.

Dhaka also summoned several times the Myanmar ambassador to Bangladesh to protest the "provocation", warning that these "provocative acts" might lead to "unwarranted consequences". "We don't want to take actions that exacerbate their suffering".

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