UN asks for aid for thousands of Muslims fleeing Myanmar
NEW YORK: The UN has appealed for massive help for nearly 400 000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh, concerned that the number could keep rising unless Myanmar ends what some have described as ethnic cleansing.
The mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims are fleeing from a Myanmarese military offensive in the western state of Rakhine that began after a ser- ies of guerrilla attacks on security posts and an army camp on August 25, in which about a dozen people were killed.
Myanmar says the offensive is a legitimate operation against “terrorists” but UN secretary- general Antonio Guterres said it was best described as ethnic cleansing. The crisis has raised questions about Myanmar’s transition to civilian rule under Aung San Suu Kyi. – Reuters
Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat yesterday.