Wednesday, November 22, 2017
But these are the worst conditions I have encountered. This is a sentence I hear time and again from the most experienced aid workers here.

Rohingya crisis: Nothing prepared me for Bangladesh’s refugee camps

Eight-year-old May has a necklace with several keys around her neck. We ask her what they are for. Her eyes cloud over: "It is the keys to our house in Myanmar. My parents asked me...
A Rohingya boy near a makeshift shelter at Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia. [Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images]

Eight ways to help the Rohingya people right now

Since August 25, some 615,000 Rohingya refugees have fled horrifying violence and rampant discrimination in Myanmar, according to aid agencies. The Rohingya are an ethnic minority that have been denied education, employment, property, and...
Rohingya Muslims stand, as smoke emits from the Hakim Para refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. More than 600,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh since August, when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts, and security forces responded with a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Rohingya activists demand a halt to ‘ongoing genocide’

  Activists have called for stronger action to stop the "ongoing genocide" against Rohingya Muslims after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was against "broad-based economic sanctions" against Myanmar. At a joint press conference...
Myanmar's military has spared no Rohingya from violence, including young children, witnesses say [Cathal McNaughton/Reuters]

Myanmar’s Rohingya report ‘absurd’, rights group says

  A Myanmar military report that said no Rohingya civilians were killed during a months-long crackdown is "absurd" and the International Criminal Court must now launch its own investigation, a human rights group said. Myanmar's army...
In the port city of Sittwe in western Burma, monks and public officials deny atrocities were committed by the military, and refugees recount tales of killings by Rohingya militants. (Annie Gowen/The Washington Post)

‘We are going to kill you’: Villagers in Burma recount violence by Rohingya Muslim...

  SITTWE, Burma — The Hindu woman wept as she vowed never to return home, where she said Rohingya militants slaughtered her son, daughter-in-law and three granddaughters in August. “They killed my family,” Halu Bar Hla,...
Pimp says Rohingya plight 'good for business'

Pimp says Rohingya plight ‘good for business’

Desperate Rohingya refugees are being ruthlessly exploited in Bangladesh, with young children being sex trafficked to survive. A gang member has told Sky News the Rohingya refugee crisis is 'big business' fo the sex trade They...
Rohingya Muslim refugees sail a makeshift raft made from jerrycans and bamboo across the Naf River into Bangladesh at Sabrang, Teknaf district on November 11, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar's powerful army during a military crackdown dubbed as "ethnic cleansing" by the UN. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

UK ‘shirking responsibility’ on Rohingya crisis

Those behind the humanitarian crisis are being allowed to get away with it - and it sets a terrifying precedent for the world.   In a direct response to Sky's coverage of the Rohingyas' plight, the...
Photo: A child in Rohingya holds up a haunting picture she drew of her memories. (UNHCR: Roger Arnold) One of the things Mahmuda has asked these traumatised children to do is draw their memories.

Rohingya refugees suffer unspeakable acts of cruelty at the hands of Myanmar’s military

In the refugee camps of Bangladesh, a small handful of psychologists are attempting the near impossible — trying to counsel hundreds of thousands of traumatised Rohingya refugees. Many of their patients have seen or suffered...
Nearly 700 Rohingyas cross Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh on rafts, boats

Nearly 700 Rohingyas cross Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh on rafts, boats

Around 550 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh on rafts made of logs, bamboos and plastic jerrycans. Border Guard Bangladesh Teknaf-2 Battalion Commander Lt Col SM Ariful Islam said the...
Militants Kill Village Leaders Who Worked on Myanmar’s Verification Card Program

Militants Kill Village Leaders Who Worked on Myanmar’s Verification Card Program

  As many as 18 village leaders who had worked on the issuance of national verification cards in Myanmar’s violence-ridden northern Rakhine state have been killed in the last three months in Muslim-majority Maungdaw and...
Katie Arnold 6 Min Read UKHIA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end of the cyclone season comes as a relief to most Rohingya in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. But not Noor Alom, who had been searching for his six-year-old daughter for two days. Fatima left their home, which sits near three putrid latrines, to play on a nearby hillside - and never came back. “Nobody has any news about her,” Alom told the Thomson Reuters Foundation after another exasperating search in the blistering heat, his wife rocking on the floor beside him. “I am so worried that someone has sold her and taken her to another place,” he said. “People told me that it occurs here.” His fears are not misplaced. The United Nations (U.N.) says trafficking networks already exist in southern Bangladesh’s sprawling camps, which have been overwhelmed by the arrival of more than 600,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar over the last two months. It says killings, arson and rape of Rohingya Muslims by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since Aug. 25, in response to coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts, amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Six out of ten of the new arrivals in the Bangladesh camps are children, providing a fertile hunting ground for traffickers looking for young girls to recruit as maids. Thousands of children have, at some point, been separated from their families amid the chaos. “It is a major, major risk,” said Jean Lieby, head of child protection at the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) in Bangladesh. “Young girls might enter into this type of trafficking and then end up in one of the big cities.” KIDNAPPERS Nazir Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee in the camp, set up an information center two months ago, which he said has already reunited some 1,800 lost children with their parents. Despite its important title, the center’s only equipment is a wooden table and a megaphone. But, from the moment the sun rises, it is inundated with people looking for their loved ones. “For the Rohingya who have just come here, this place is new,” said Ahmed. “If they go far from their house, they can easily get lost.” On the morning the Thomson Reuters Foundation visited, two toddlers sat beside Ahmed, staring with terror at the wall of bodies in front of them. A young child clutches her younger brother as she looks for her family in the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh on October 24, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Katie Arnold

Traffickers prey on lost Rohingya children in Bangladesh camps

  UKHIA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end of the cyclone season comes as a relief to most Rohingya in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. But not Noor Alom, who had been searching for his...
Shelters of Rohingya refugees are seen at Kutupalang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 5, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

5 Rohingyas jailed for selling mobile, SIMs

Five Rohingyas were jailed today by a Rab mobile court for setting up shops in Cox’s Bazar and selling mobile phones and SIM cards to Rohingya refugees, who have fled military persecution in Myanmar. A...

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Activists are angry at Aung San Suu Kyi's inaction over alleged atrocities against Rohingya in Rakhine [Dondi Tawatao/Reuters]

Concerns, Causes and Countermeasures to the Rohingya Problem

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui In the last four months, since August 2017, more than 615,000 natives of Arakan – the Rohingya Muslims and Hindus –...
US Ambassador to Myanmar Meets With Rakhine Political Party, NGOs to Discuss Rohingya Crisis

US Ambassador to Myanmar Meets With Rakhine Political Party, NGOs to Discuss Rohingya Crisis

The U.S. ambassador to Myanmar met with NGOs and Rakhine state’s dominant ethnic political party to discuss recent violence that has wracked the region,...
Resolving Rohingya Crisis: Europe stands by Bangladesh

Resolving Rohingya Crisis: Europe stands by Bangladesh

  EU, German, Swedish FMs assure Dhaka; Japan pledges help in repatriation process Germany, Sweden and the European Union yesterday extended their strong support to Bangladesh...
But these are the worst conditions I have encountered. This is a sentence I hear time and again from the most experienced aid workers here.

Rohingya crisis: Nothing prepared me for Bangladesh’s refugee camps

Eight-year-old May has a necklace with several keys around her neck. We ask her what they are for. Her eyes cloud over: "It is the...
China’s proposal for bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar without getting the international community involved makes no sense

Why a bilateral solution won’t work

  China’s proposal for bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar without getting the international community involved makes no sense When dealing with a humanitarian crisis, the...