Rohingya plight through the eyes of the children

Ivan Schwartz
September 22, 2017

A military offensive from the Myanmar government forces following insurgent attacks in the state of Rakhine on August 25 caused a massive number of residents to flee to Bangladesh, a lot of them being Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in Myanmar, where the majority of the population is Buddhist.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Field Services Chief Sara Bordas said that the organisation still has not been able to reach many desperate people living in chaotic conditions in the refugee shelters and makeshift camps.

Suu Kyi, in her state address, had stressed on the short time her government has been in power for, adding, "I am aware of the fact the world attention is focused on the situation in the Rakhine State as a responsible member of the community of nations".

"We have grave concerns about the human rights and humanitarian situation on the ground, the suspected killings of people, and the fact that 400,000 people are in reality displaced as refugees", Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters after a series of meetings with counterparts. Amid increasing worldwide criticism, Myanmar's civilian leader - and Nobel peace prize victor - Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday in which she will address the Rohingya crisis.

The Rakhine state denies the Rohingya citizenship, alleging they are instead illegal immigrants.

While Bangladesh has earned global praise for opening its doors to the Rohingyas, aid agencies have warning of a growing humanitarian crisis as authorities struggle to provide even basic facilities for the new arrivals. No Rohingya has applied for asylum.

On September 22, the tribunal will make a conclusion based on oral testimonies on the atrocities and give findings to worldwide bodies, especially the United Nations, for further action to be taken against Myanmar to end the violence.

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The Trump administration announced the new funds as world leaders were converging in NY for annual United Nations General Assembly meetings. He claimed that "the great majority of the Muslim population" has remained in their villages and said there have been no armed clashes reported since September 5.

"Myanmar is forcibly driving out the Rohingya Muslims through a planned and organised process".

During the 30-minute address, Suu Kyi did not touch upon the allegations but said security forces "have been instructed to adhere strictly to the code of conduct in carrying out security operations, exercise all due restraint and to take full measures to avoid collateral damage and the harming of innocent civilians".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the military action in Rakhine had to stop.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday lamented the "terrible savagery" of Myanmar's security forces.

"It is really a great challenge for us", he said.

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