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Mamata calls for extending supports for Rohingya refugees

17 September 2017, 10:54 | Opal Carroll

Rohingya crisis: Meeting Myanmar's hardline Buddhist monks

Rohingya refugees stretch their hands out for relief supplies given by local people in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh

Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar reaching Muslims, arakanese refugees now have fled to temporary refugee camp. They are facing challenges of food, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation.

"If families can't meet their basic needs, the suffering will get even worse and lives could be lost".

Burma's presidential spokesman on Saturday said there's no evidence of any trespassing and that Bangladesh should have reached out to discuss its concerns instead of issuing public statements.

They are looking for the global community to ease their situation.

"We also need to, I think, up our responsibilities to take in humanitarian refugees as a matter of urgency".

Since late August over 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape a government offensive, according to United Nations estimates.

Myanmar rejects this, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations against the militants of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the August attacks and similar raids in October.

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Rohingya camps in the border town of Cox's Bazar were already overwhelmed with 300,000 people from earlier waves of refugees before the latest influx. "You have to get them to some sort of space where aid can be delivered", said Chris Lom, of the global Organisation for Migration.

"It all depends on the resources the government throws at it and the resources we throw at it".

Clothing for children was another important emergency provision, he said, especially given around 60 per cent of the Rohingya refugees were defined as "children underage".

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military's "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of worldwide law, and cited what he called refugees' consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities.

Officials in Washington have been careful not to undermine the weak civilian government of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, which took office previous year, ending five decades of ruinous army rule.

The Myanmar government "and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in particular, should condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities against the Rohingya minority", said the resolution.

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