Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

The conflict between the country's Buddhists and Muslims, which actually originates from the 19th century, intensified on August 25, 2017, when Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in Rakhine.

The UN has described the exodus as the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency, slamming Buddhist-majority Myanmar for engaging in ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Myanmar's military have blamed the unrest on the Rohingya.

She has said Myanmar will take back anyone verified as a refugee, but that could take months or years and is unlikely to solve the immediate crisis.

Northern Rakhine has been torn apart by violence since August 25, when raids by Rohingya militants sparked a massive army crackdown that the United Nations says is tantamount to "ethnic cleansing".

In Bangladesh, the uncontrollable flood of refugees has overwhelmed aid agencies.

The arrival of more than half a million Rohingya Muslims from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar since 25 August has put an enormous strain on camps in Bangladesh where there are growing fears of a disease epidemic.

India had also called for implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission recommendations as a solution to the crisis.

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Queues for food are continuing to swell in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, as more Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar make the border crossing.

Earlier this week, the United Nations warned of the enormous pressure to accommodate refugees who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, in an appeal for $430 million to provide aid for those displaced.

A Myanmar official tally says hundreds of people died as violence consumed remote communities, including Rohingya.

IMO said it appealed this week to nations for 120 million dollars through March to provide desperately needed aid to the Rohingya refugees who have flooded into Cox's Bazar over the past six weeks.

Myanmar has come under worldwide criticism for barring aid groups, journalists and other outsiders from independently traveling to the region to see the situation there.

An EU delegation also joined the UN's whistle-stop trip to Rakhine, which took in Maungdaw and Rathedaung areas, explaining in a statement "this was not an investigation mission and could not be in the circumstances".

The country's army also claims that Rohingya militants have set fire to houses in recent days to force more people towards the border.

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