UN braces for more Rohingya to flee


PV Desk : Muslim Rohingyas are still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh and the United Nations is bracing for a possible “further exodus”, the UN humanitarian aid chief said on Friday.
Some 515,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine in six weeks since the end of August, in what the United Nations has called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency.
The refugee crisis began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug 25 by unleashing a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar insists its forces must fight the “terrorists” who have killed civilians and burnt villages, and it rejects any suggestion of ethnic cleansing.
But rights groups say more than half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine State have been torched in a campaign by the security forces and Buddhist vigilantes to drive out Muslims.