24 November, Friday


"They were crying because they were hungry" - Rohingya crisis - EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO - PHOTOS

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The number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh in the last two weeks to escape the violence in Myanmar has shot up to about 270,000, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.
 
The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Myanmar.
 
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks, and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
 
A UN official told AFP news agency on Friday that more than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar, mostly minority Rohingya Muslims.
 
"The numbers are so alarming. It really means we have to step up our response and that the situation in Myanmar has to be addressed urgently."
 
Freelance reporter Arman Shafiq sent photos and video to Eurasia Diary from Teknaf, Bangladesh after Rohingya refugees crossed over from Myanmar.
 
Eurasia Diary shares his impressions regarding the horrible situation Myanmar Muslims face.
 
“I visited Teknaf last week to see the Rohingya refugees. It was one of the most difficult journey of my life. Thousands of people are coming every day. All of them have to travel 7 to 9 days to arrive in Bangladesh. During the journey they don't get any food to eat. They eat tree leaf or any other things. They are coming to Bangladesh to an uncertain journey.
 
Most of the Rohingya refugees are children. They are in huge shortage of food. They have nothing to eat. When I was crossing them many children, women and old were crying loudly, they were crying because they were hungry. They want any kinds of food. Children and old people are in much trouble. So many children don't have any cloth also because when the Myanmar Buddhist attacked them, they were sleeping. They just ran in whatever condition they were.
 
Many children came to Bangladesh alone. Their parents were killed. They have no one. Most of them are 3-7 years old. One lady came with 5 small kids. I asked whether they are her kids or not. She replied, she has one kid and other 4 are her brothers kids whose whole family was killed by the Myanmar army. When she was coming to Bangladesh that time other kids just followed her. They were sitting in open air. When I asked about food, she replied she as well as the kids didn't eat any real food in last 9 days. They ate tree leafs when they were coming to Bangladesh. When they arrived in Bangladesh they were given 3 orsalaine and 4 small packet biscuits. Kids couldn't move properly because they are hungry. Almost everyone is in the same condition. No one is getting food properly.
 
The government is allowing them to come into Bangladesh. That was a great decision by the government. They came to Bangladesh that they would be given primary shelter and foods. General people are going everyday with foods, cloths but these can not fulfill 5% of the demand. The Government is also trying to help them but they can't because they are staying in different places. Most of them don't have any shelter also. They are staying in open air. Some small kids are wetting in rain for more than 4/5 days continuously. Only common people help, give them some hope.
 
They need our help. There just keep looking on the street with the expectation that someone will come with some food and they will run after the food truck for food. This is so inhuman condition. No food, no accommodation, no cloth, no medicine. Only few souls are surviving. So many kids were born while they were coming to Bangladesh even so many born in the camp. They are in huge problem. Mothers don't have any food to eat so the new born also are not getting enough milk from mothers.
 
I always have been part of different natural disaster to volunteer and help but this is the most INHUMAN situation I have ever seen. Lets come together to help them. They expect our help and mental support. We can show our humanity to the most helpless people on the earth.”
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