BNP wants army for 'proper distribution' of relief in Rohingya refugee camps

Aaron Brown
September 18, 2017

Meanwhile AFP reports from Yangon that Myanmar's army chief General Min Aung Hlaing has, on Sunday urged the country to unite over the "issue" of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country.

On Saturday, an Iranian delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour, paid a visit to a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

United Nations agencies say an estimated 409,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when deadly attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group on police posts prompted Burma's military to launch "clearance operations" in Rakhine state.

Bangladesh is yet to sign the International Refugee Convention of 1951 and the International Refugee Protocol of 1967 and there is no rule how the refugees will live in Bangladesh and therefore, it is very hard for the government to tackle the refugee crisis, Advocate Tanjim said in the petition.

"Back home, our chickens were kept in bigger accommodation than the ones we're living in now", he said.

"They have no clean drinking water and no food".

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He said spread of images of oppressed Rohingya on social media has evoked sympathy and helped IS lure new members. They are homeless and hungry following a long and treacherous journey across the border. He said ships were expected to arrive with more aid soon.

Another of Oxfam's experts on the crisis, Paolo Lubrano, told the ABC that humanitarian aid organisations are overwhelmed by the growing number of refugees.

"We welcome the $5 million that Julie Bishop has recently promised, but what we are really asking for is for the Government to exert more pressure on the Myanmar military and Myanmar Government", she said.
"But also distribution of food and preparation of shelter", he added.

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". "I think I will never forget the desperate looks of the women and children in the camps where we delivered 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid at the first stage", she said.

"It's very hard to predict what's going to happen in the next month".

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