Thousands of new Rohingya Muslims arrive in Bangladesh after fleeing hunger in Myanmar
Oct 16, 2017 World 0 1770 By Michelle Clarke
- Thousands of new Rohingya Muslims arrive in Bangladesh after fleeing hunger in Myanmar.
- Accuse the Myanmar government of blocking access to aid in Rakhine State and persisting with the violence against Rohingya.
- Buddhist mobs join in carrying out violence against Rohingya.
Thousands of new Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Bangladesh on Monday after fleeing severe hunger in Myanmar.
The new refugees
blamed Myanmar government forces for blocking access to aid and also the military and buddhist mobs for carrying out violent attacks against them.
“We couldn’t step out of the house for the last month because the military were looting people. They started firing on the village. So we escaped into another village,” said Mohammad Shoaib, 29.
“Day by day things kept getting worse, so we started moving towards Bangladesh. Before we left, I went back near my village to see my house, and the entire village was burnt down,” Shoaib said.
This new influx of refugees flee to join the over 536,000 Rohingya Muslims who have already escaped Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 when coordinated attacks were carried out by the Army on their settlements in Rakhine State.
The refugees who arrived in Bangladesh on Monday said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have been shut down and aid deliveries restricted. They also reported attacks by the military and Rakhine Buddhist mobs.