The number of muslim rohingyas who have fled myanmar continues to increase. According to UN figures, up to 400,000 rohingyas are already in neighboring bangladesh, the children’s agency unicef said in geneva. The previous day, the number had been estimated at 370 000.
Thousands of people in need of help arrive every day. Among the refugees are, according to unicef, about 60 percent children. "The situation on the ground puts children at great risk of contracting diseases from contaminated water," the unicef representative in charge said.
The UN agency has now begun delivering water and sanitation supplies to the hardest-hit district in bangladesh, cox’s bazar.
Since the 25. August, more than a third of the muslim minority in myanmar’s rakhine state fled to bangladesh. In the multi-ethnic state of myanmar, formerly burma, the vast majority of the population is of the buddhist faith. The rohingya have been stateless since the then burma stripped them of their citizenship in 1982. The latest wave of violence had begun with attacks by rohingya rebels on police and military posts.
The united nations on wednesday had called for an end to violence against myanmar’s rohingya muslim minority. UN secretary-general antonio guterres called on the country’s government in new york to end the military campaign against the rohingya and recognize their rights.
"This is a dramatic tragedy, people are dying and suffering in terrible numbers and this has to stop." the humanitarian situation for the rohingya is "catastrophic," he said. He called on all countries to "do what they can so that humanitarian aid can be provided".
The UN security council addressed the issue on wednesday for the first time since the conflict escalated, but behind closed doors. There was a "very extended exchange of views," said ethiopian UN ambassador and current council president tekeda alemu after the meeting. Council members said they were "very concerned" and called on all parties to ensure the protection and safety of the rohingya people.
Observers criticized security council statement as not far-reaching enough. He would have liked "it to go a little further," said alemu. As president of the security council, however, he could only communicate what the body had agreed on.
Two high-level meetings on the conflict have been scheduled on the sidelines of the UN general assembly’s general debate, which begins next tuesday, british UN ambassador matthew rycroft said. Manmar’s head of government, aung san suu kyi, however, had canceled her participation in the plenary session.
Myanmar is currently the subject of massive criticism because of the brutal actions of the security forces against the muslim minority of the rohingya. The rohingya are not recognized as citizens by myanmar. In the multi-ethnic state of myanmar, formerly burma, the vast majority of the population is of the buddhist faith.