Mas­sive aid ef­fort kicks off for flee­ing Ro­hingya

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

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”.

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