Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

The Rohingyas started fleeing Myanmar after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts there on August 25, prompting security forces to launch a counter-offensive which the United Nations has described as "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing".

Bangladesh on Thursday announced it would build one of the world's biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh last month said Myanmar drones and choppers violated its airspace repeatedly and installed landmines on its borders to prevent return of Rohingyas.

She said that the majority of the 1.1 million Muslims living in Rakhine state had not fled and that more than 50 percent of their villages were still intact. The Rohingya, a Muslim minority, have been forced to flee the state following a violent crackdown by Myanmar authorities since the end of August.

While India sees the existing population of around 40,000 Rohingyas as a security threat, Haque had a different take. "ARSA extremist terrorist" Einu had been "urging people to run" across the border to Bangladesh, said the statement published on the office's Facebook page.

Rohingya refugees build a structure using bamboo and tarp on September 22 in Balukhali, Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands have arrived in the past month.

Answering a question, Haque said his government has succeeded in restricting the refugees in a certain geographical location and prevented them from fanning across the country.

There may be up to 100,000 more people in northern Rakhine waiting to cross into Bangladesh, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

After a few days of lull, the exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh has resumed on a large scale this week, mainly due to the lack of food in western Burma, where the suffering is "unimaginable", according to the UN.

The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

"We are optimistic about a solution because of the unprecedented worldwide awareness about the atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar and the extent of global condemnation of that and the consequent pressure on Myanmar", he said.

Myanmar has come under worldwide criticism for failing to stop the violence, and in turn the tide of more than half a million Rohingya who have made the often perilous journey to Bangladesh since late August, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. She has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed upon with Bangladesh in 1993 by which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back. "But there is clearly a long way to go", he said.

The Rohingya have been denied basic rights and freedom of movement in Myanmar for decades.

"The problem arose in Myanmar and a solution has to be found in Myanmar", he said.

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