LATEST UN COUNT SAYS NUMBER OF ROHINGYAS FLEEING FROM MYANMAR TO BANGLADESH REACHES 624,000

UNITED NATIONS– The number of Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since Aug 25 has reached 624,000, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA).

An average of 430 Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh per day this past week, a slowdown compared with the previous week, the OCHA said in a statement here Monday.

The Rohingyas fled their homes in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh after deadly attacks staged by the rebel Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on police posts on Aug 25 allegedly touched off a wave of retribution by government and vigilante forces.

Rohingyas arriving in refugee camps — some having traversed an inlet of the Bay of Bengal on makeshift rafts and boats — reported widespread violence against them.

On reports of an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the repatriation of the refugees, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it is important that people are able to return to the place they came from “in a safe, dignified and protected manner”.

The ethnic Rohingyas, who are Muslims, are denied citizenship in the largely Buddhist nation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK