Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Bishop Vasquez urges USA to help solve expanding Rohingya crisis

Bishop Vasquez urges USA to help solve expanding Rohingya crisis

Including Sunday's capsizing, boat accidents have killed at least 155 Rohingya trying to reach Bangladesh.

Around 40 passengers on the boat, which was headed to Europe, were rescued after the boat sank, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. According to UNICEF, about 2,30,000 refugee child entered in Bangladesh which is 60 percent of Rohingya refugee that have entered in last month.

The border region descended into violence in late August after Rohingya militants attacked police posts, sparking a military backlash that has driven more than half a million of the Muslim minority from their homes.

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], Oct.7 (ANI):The United States has expressed concern over the crackdown by the Myanmar government that has caused an exodus of half-a-million Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh, saying this could attract global terrorists and destabilize the region.

But the conflict is viewed differently inside mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where many loathe the Rohingya and blame them for driving the unrest.

Terming the Rohingya crisis as a regional catastrophe, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday said that it is no longer an internal issue of Myanmar. A lot of them were coming from the Rakhine state of Myanmar, a far away place from the border of Bangladesh.

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"They pretended like they wanted a war", she said.

Though the number of people fleeing from Myanmar had decreased, the government officials say that there are thousands of fresh arrivals during the recent days.

"We deeply regret the reaction from worldwide countries based on the news without truth", said the lawmaker.

Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 500 000 Royingya fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State have crossed the border into Cox's Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh. The conflict has resulted in more than 1,000 Rohingya deaths, dozens of houses burned and countless women being raped. In 1982, a controversial law stripped citizenship from the Rohingya, officially making them stateless.

The Rohingya still in Burma now face extortion by the military to buy the livestock stolen from the Rohiinya who have fled.

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