February 24 2018

Myanmar violence may have killed more than 1000

February 24 2018, 05:54 | Van Peters

Myanmar's Suu Kyi slams 'iceberg of 'misinformation' over Rohingya

The Burma Genocide

Rohingya described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month when violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Those who have fled Rakhine describe village burnings, beatings and killings at the hands of the security forces and Buddhist youths. The ceasefire is due to end October 9. "There are a lot of really heartbreaking stories", she further said.

Stating that Iran's embassy in Thailand acts as an embassy of accreditation in Myanmar, Ghasemi also mentioned, "Iran has made contacts with Myanmar's government in order to facilitate sending humanitarian aids to the people of this region".

Mahbubur Rahman, mayor of Cox's Bazar Municipality, said an estimated 10,000 newly arrived Rohingyas have already taken shelter in the beach town, while many others have moved to Chittagong, Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrhachharhi.

Last week border guards had allowed a Rohingya couple to be buried in Bangladesh after they were shot dead and the wife gang-raped when they headed back to their Myanmar village, Khan said.

"They are in a desperate, absolutely desperate humanitarian state, without enough to eat..."

Myanmar government forces have crossed all limits of brutality. Her defenders argue that her failure to comment publicly for two weeks reflected her need to walk a fine line with the military, which not so long ago was her jailer, and to keep her Buddhist nationalist backers on board.

Bangladesh has urged Myanmar to stem the exodus by providing for the displaced inside the country and provide "safe zones" for the Rohingya.

The continuing violence has also provoked a storm of criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her struggle against military rule.

Sharif Hossain, a Rohingya man from Maungdaw in Myanmar, was walking towards Kutupalong refugee camp in Teknaf from Ukhia.

Myanmar is one of the world's most heavily mined countries after decades of conflict between the military and various ethnic rebel groups. If India does not want them, where will they go? They have been forced into labor and have no rights to their land.

The Rohingya are part of a minority Muslim group who have lived in Myanmar's Rakhine for centuries. It refuses to recognize them as citizens, effectively rendering the majority of them stateless. Rohingya militant groups are often involved in the clashes.

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