Flee­ing Ro­hingya Mus­lims watch as homes burn

Cape Breton Post - - World - BY JULHAS ALAM

Days af­ter flee­ing their vil­lage on the Myan­mar side of the bor­der fence, a group of Ro­hingya Mus­lims watched from just in­side Bangladesh as yet another house went up in flames.

“You see this fire to­day,” said Farid Alam, one of the Ro­hingya who watched the fire burn from about 500 me­tres away. “That is my vil­lage.”

The vil­lagers said they had es­caped days ago, cross­ing into Bangladesh at the bor­der point of Tumbru and join­ing thou­sands of other eth­nic Ro­hingya hud­dling in the open in the dis­trict of Ban­dar­ban to es­cape re­cent vi­o­lence in Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity Myan­mar.

When they crossed the bor­der, they saw land mines that had been newly planted by Myan­mar forces, Alam said.

Thou­sands of Ro­hingya are con­tin­u­ing to stream across the bor­der, with UN of­fi­cials and others de­mand­ing that Myan­mar halt what they de­scribe as a cam­paign of eth­nic cleans­ing that has driven nearly 400,000 Ro­hingya to flee in the past three weeks.

That num­ber in­cludes an es­ti­mated 240,000 chil­dren, UNICEF said in Geneva on Fri­day.

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