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‘Leave or we will kill you all’

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-racked northwest Myanmar are pleading with authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food. “We’re terrified,” Maung Maung, a Rohingya official at Ah Nauk Pyin village, told Reuters by telephone. “We’ll starve soon and they’re threatening to burn […]

People gather to buy rice and atta at reduced prices from an open market sales point in the Dhaka city on Sunday. The government on the day started open market sales of coarse varieties of rice at Tk 30 a kilogram and atta at Tk 17 a kg in the divisional towns across the country in the […]

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  When Rohingyas first began entering Bangladesh back in 1978, the international community put pressure on Bangladesh to allow them entry. They also said that they should not be repatriated forcefully. When thousands of these displaced persons arrived at the border, it was not possible for the border guards to push them back. Within two […]

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An Open Letter by 12 Nobel Laureates and 22 Eminent Global Citizens to United Nations Security Council to end the Rohingya Crisis September 17, 2017 Muhammad Yunus An Open Letter by 12 Nobel Laureates and 22 Eminent Global Citizens to United Nations Security Council to end the Rohingya Crisis Rohingya Crisis is Deteriorating Very Fast […]

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Walking the Line Between Covering a Rohingya Refugee Story and Changing It By HANNAH BEECHSEPT. 17, 2017 A Rohingya refugee girl holds the unconscious body of her father on Sept. 3 after crossing into Bangladesh from Myanmar. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times Noor slid to the ground. “It seems I will die […]

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Patients flock abroad

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An increasing number of Bangladeshi patients flock to neighbouring countries, including India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia for ‘better treatment’ draining out foreign exchange. Thousands of patients, including politicians, go abroad every year for even ordinary medical treatment while doctors have said that Bangladesh has almost all the medical facilities, health rights activists said. Patients going […]

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A Rohingya refugee girl looks out as makeshift shelters become flooded due to heavy rain in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday. — Reuters photo Thousands of Rohingyas massed in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar after fleeing ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar passed a sleepless night as heavy rain beginning from Saturday swamped their shelters making the places […]

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As Rakhine state burns and Rohingya flee, Aung San Suu Kyi is preparing to address Myanmar on the crisis for the first time — a high wire act seeking to soothe global outrage without baiting an army that is again showing its teeth. Suu Kyi took office last year as Myanmar’s first civilian leader after […]

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According to the United Nations, at least 409,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh fleeing the unrest in Myanmar Former Indian foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal has said India should support Myanmar to fight the Rohingya crisis instead of supporting Bangladesh. “Bangladesh will make a mistake if they expect anything from India regarding this [Rohingya issue],” he […]

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A Rohingya refugee child cries after getting wet in the rain in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017. — Reuters photo The government has started weeklong vaccination campaigns among Rohingya children against measles, rubella and polio on Saturday, aiming to check possible outbreak of diseases following fresh influx of Rohingyas. Abdus Salam, civil surgeon of […]

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Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. — Focusbangla file photo Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday called for engaging military in relief distribution to Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Myanmar in recent time. The party once again asked the government to immediately convene meeting of all political parties to tackle the big challenge of Rohingya crisis. […]

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Myanmar’s army chief says the Rohingya has been never an ethnic group in the country and urged citizens to unite over the ‘Bengali issue’. “They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar. Bengali issue is a national cause and we need to be united in establishing the truth,” […]

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