Ro­hingya cri­sis: Hasina seeks help from world

The Asian Age - - World -

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on Satur­day to plead for global help cop­ing with the Ro­hingya cri­sis, as the num­bers seek­ing refuge in her coun­try fol­low­ing a crack­down in Myan­mar topped 400,000. Ms Hasina left a day after her gov­ern­ment sum­moned Myan­mar en­voy for the third time to protest over its neigh­bour’s ac­tions. At UN, she would de­mand more pres­sure on Myan­mar.

Bangladesh has been over­whelmed by Ro­hingya Mus­lims since vi­o­lence erupted in Bud­dhist-dom­i­nated Myan­mar’s Rakhine state on Au­gust 25. The United Na­tions said Satur­day that the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple to have en­tered Bangladesh hav­ing fled the un­rest had now reached 409,000, a leap of 18,000 in a day.

Con­di­tions are wors­en­ing in the bor­der town of Cox’s Bazar where the in­flux has added to pres­sures on Ro­hingya camps al­ready over­whelmed with 300,000 peo­ple from ear­lier refugee waves.

“Sheikh Hasina will raise the Ro­hingya is­sue dur­ing her speech at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly. She will seek im­me­di­ate ces­sa­tion of vi­o­lence in Rakhine state in Myan­mar and ask the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral to send a fact-find­ing miss­ing to Rakhine,” a spokesman for the prime min­is­ter, Nazrul Is­lam, told AFP.

“She will also call the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the UN to put pres­sure on Myan­mar for the repa­tri­a­tion of all the Ro­hingya refugees,” he said.

— AFP

A young Ro­hingya refugee washes him­self at the Jal­pa­toli refugee camp in the no­man's land area be­tween Myan­mar and Bangladesh, near Gumd­hum vil­lage in Ukhia on Satur­day.

Sheikh Hasina

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