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At least 12 dead in capsizing of boat of Rohingya
11 October 2017, 12:16 | Tara Lloyd
At least 12 dead in capsizing of boat of Rohingya
The refugees are fleeing a military operation in Myanmar amid which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages. "I can't find my relatives ..."
Up to 15,000 people joined the demonstrations in Bangladesh's second largest city, police said, organised by hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam to protest against the killings of the Rohingya. "Myanmar may try to limit the number of refugees for repatriation by its own verification process and delay implementing recommendations by the Kofi Annan panel", he said at a discussion in Dhaka on the crisis. "They were buried in our village graveyard", he said.
Humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide shelter and basic services amid the rapid influx of refugees to an area that was already sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya. "We have to cross quickly but we don't have the money to pay for the boat", one Rohingya father of four told an AFP reporter in Rakhine state.
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A Rohingya refugees walks with a baby in a rice field after crossing the border in Palang Khali, Bangladesh October 9, 2017.
Islamist parties, including Hefazat, have staged several demonstrations over the issue in recent weeks and some firebrand leaders have called on the government to go to war with Myanmar to liberate Rakhine for the persecuted Rohingya.
The military has been widely accused of conducting ethnic cleansing and genocide, but it has rejected all these allegations, saying it has only targeted Rohingya militants.
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The Nobel laureate has come under sharp global censure for failing to voice more sympathy for the Rohingya streaming out of her country.
To help combat a potential health emergency in Rohingya Refugee Camps, aid groups are hurriedly installing thousands of tube wells for clean drinking water and as many latrines as they can. After waves of violence in the past five years, about 1 million Rohingya have been forced to move to Bangladesh.
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