Bangladesh PM seeks help for Ro­hingya cri­sis, ex­o­dus on rise

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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 refugee del­uge es­cap­ing a crack­down in Myan­mar topped 400,000.

The prime min­is­ter left a day af­ter her govern­ment sum­moned the Myan­mar en­voy for the third time to protest over its neigh­bour’s ac­tions. Hasina is to de­mand more pres­sure on Myan­mar dur­ing talks in New York.

Bangladesh has been over­whelmed by Ro­hingya Mus­lims since vi­o­lence erupted in Bud­dhist-dom­i­nated Myan­mar’s Rakhine state on Au­gust 25. The United Na­tions said on 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. C on­di­tions 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 waves of refugees.

The UN said two chil­dren and a woman were killed in a “ram­page” when a pri­vate group handed clothes near a camp on Friday.

Hasina is to speak at the UN on Thurs­day. “She will seek im­me­di­ate ces­sa­tion of vi­o­lence in Rakhine state in Myan­mar and ask the UN sec­re­tarygen­eral to send a fact-find­ing mis­sion to Rakhine,” a spokesman for the prime min­is­ter, Nazrul Is­lam, said.

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

For­eign Min­is­ter A H Mah­mood Ali said: “We will con­tinue in­ter­na­tional pres­sure on the Myan­mar govern­ment to im­me­di­ately end its on­go­ing eth­nic cleans­ing of the Ro­hingya.”

Back­lash fears: As ten­sions mount be­tween the neigh­bours, the for­eign min­istry on Friday sum­moned the Myan­mar charge d’af­faires in Dhaka to protest at al­leged vi­o­la­tions of its airspace by Myan­mar drones and he­li­copter.

The min­istry warned that the three vi­o­la­tions be­tween Septem­ber 10 and 14 could lead to “un­war­ranted con­se­quences”. Myan­mar did not im­me­di­ately com­ment.

— AFP

Ro­hingya refugees from Myan­mar gather around a truck de­liv­er­ing clothes in Ukhia.

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