Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Rohingya drown: More than 60 Rohingya Muslim refugees drowned last week, when the boat in which they were trying to make their escape capsized off the coast of Bangladesh. The majority of the dead are believed to have been children. Since late August, more than half a million people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where – in the words of the US envoy to the UN – the Burmese army is waging a “sustained campaign to cleanse the country” of the ethnic minority. The capsizing was the latest in a series of deadly accidents to have afflicted Rohingya making the perilous journey from Myanmar; those who have reached Bangladesh are now living in vast makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar. With a lack of clean water, and a shortage of food and medicine, aid agencies say they are on the brink of a public health disaster.