Massive aid effort kicks off for fleeing Rohingya
Bangladeshi authorities are trying to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar into crowded border camps and have started immunising tens of thousands of children against diseases.
Bangladesh has been overwhelmed with more than 400,000 Rohingya who fled their homes in the past three weeks amid a crisis the United Nations describes as ethnic cleansing.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has lambasted Myanmar for “atrocities”, left Dhaka to address the annual UN gathering in New York City.
Abdus Salam, a doctor in a state-run hospital in Cox’s Bazar district, says that some 150,000 children would be immunised over seven days for measles, rubella and polio.
UN says there are some 240,000 children in dire conditions. Police meanwhile are checking that the refugees don’t spread out to nearby towns.
Myanmar has accused the Rohingya of burning their own homes and villages — a claim that the UN human rights chief has called a “complete denial of reality”.