Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Year after Rohingya crisis started, 1 million refugees face grim future

Year after Rohingya crisis started, 1 million refugees face grim future

In the refugee camps of Bangladesh today, the Rohingya have marked the first year since their flight with demonstrations and protest banners, demanding justice for the genocide visited upon them.

Over the a year ago, more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the Buddhist-majority country to neighboring Bangladesh following a military response to attacks on security posts by Rohingya insurgents, Reuters said. He explained that more than a million Rohingya now eke out a marginal existence and living in abject poverty in southeastern Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. Almost 7,000 Rohingya were killed in the first month alone, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Another key area of concern is the health of some 60,000 pregnant Rohingya women in the camps.

The Rohingya and aid agencies are most anxious about the uncertain future of the refugees, who are stateless and seemingly unwanted in Bangladesh while conditions in their Rakhine homeland remain unsafe.

"At present, the situation remains unchanged in Myanmar", the prelate said. The report said, a huge global aid effort led by the government of Bangladesh has managed to put basic services for the refugees in place.

"Despite all this, and the increasing demands for worldwide action against the Myanmar military for genocide and crimes against humanity - the likelihood of a durable solution and justice for the Rohingya remain as remote as ever", Paul said. Lord Ross explained how he had requested the intervention of the United Nations to deal with the crisis, but could not gauge any response Suu Kyi. We have researchers on the ground gathering evidence of Myanmar's violent system of apartheid that Rohingya people have been subjected to for years. Deadly diseases such as cholera have been prevented, and measles and diphtheria curtailed rapidly with quick roll-out and scale-up of health services and mass vaccination campaigns.

"I have never stepped on Myanmar soil". They have made an agreement with Bangladesh to take back refugees, but no progress has been made on returns and the Rohingya insist they will not go back unless their safety is guaranteed.

"In an area where cyclones and monsoons are common, there are nearly no stable structures for Rohingya refugees, which has a tangible impact on their security and dignity", said Kolovos.

Refugees sit together at a ceremony. "But we now face the very real threat that if more funding is not urgently secured, lives will once again be at risk".

The burden of responsibility needs to be shared by the worldwide community and rojects have been launched that will assist both the Rohingyas and local host communities affected by the influx. "We will treat any case in accordance with the rule of law".

Though Myanmar says it is ready to take back the Rohingya, the continued outflow of refugees such as Hamida Begum and her family underlines the lack of progress in addressing the crisis, a year on from the start of the offensive on August 25, 2017.

"The Rohingya need to be recognised in all of the forms that come with their humanitarian needs, but also their status ..." It also "exposes them to further victimisation and exploitation" and forces them to "move around the country illegally" he said.

Numerous refugees that MSF teams speak to are very anxious about the future. "Let us go home", she said.

"I think about food, clothes, peace and our suffering..."

"After six years here, our health is worsening", said Thin Mya, a 64-year-old Kaman Muslim mother of four.

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