Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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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.

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