United Kingdom gives £25 million more to aid Rohingya refugees

Alicia Cross
September 18, 2017

Refugees say Myanmar's army retaliated, killing hundreds of Rohingya civilians and driving them out of their homes.

On Wednesday, the plight of the Rohingya prompted a rare rebuke from the UN Security Council.

According to The Guardian, 1.1 million Rohingya people live in Myanmar and are located mainly in the Rakhine state.

US State Department official Patrick Murphy was set to visit Myanmar to press for an end to violence and allowing humanitarian aid in Rakhine state.

"We were united in our concern about the situation, in the deterioration of the situation and we have heard graphically from the Secretary-General and Jeff Feltman who briefed us on the catastrophe that is befalling Rakhine State and Rohingya there", he said.

The U.N. criticized Myanmar's government after more than 300,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to escape the violence.

Prime Minister Hasina also said she will raise the Rohingya issue at the UN General Assembly now under way in NY.

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Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay said he did not have information about the incidents Bangladesh had complained about but Myanmar had denied an earlier accusation.

Myanmar's government maintains that the actions of its military are a necessary measure to protect against "terrorist activities" in Rahkine State by Rohingya militants.

With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven almost 380,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country, the government said Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month's U.N. General Assembly meetings. A top United Nations official had earlier said a previous United Nations target of US$77 million (S$104 million) would be inadequate to deal with the crisis.

Referring to reports that aid workers were facing problems of access, Patel said "unacceptable intimidation and restrictions on the movement of humanitarian workers" must be ended. Later on, villagers answered the exact opposite to what government has said. "But women and children are arriving hungry and malnourished", said Mr. Guterres.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader a year ago.

Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

On Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein described the attacks against the Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

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