World Rohingya Crisis Has Created More Than 200,000 Child Refugees, UNICEF Warns

22:06  13 september  2017
22:06  13 september  2017 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

Myanmar faces international condemnation over Rohingya

  Myanmar faces international condemnation over Rohingya Myanmar's security forces and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been facing international condemnation over the recent plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days following an uptick in fighting between fighters and Myanmar's military in strife-torn western Rakhine state.

More than half of the Rohingya refugees who have fled violence and repression in Myanmar are children , UNICEF announced Tuesday. UNICEF estimates that of the more than 330, 000 refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since Aug.

Rohingya Crisis Has Created More Than 200 , 000 Child Refugees , UNICEF Warns . " Children are at the heart of this crisis ." Anadolu Agency/Getty.

A young Rohinga boy cries after the wooden boat he was traveling on from Myanmar crashed into the shore, Sept. 12, 2017, in Dakhinpara, Bangladesh.© Dan Kitwood via Getty Images A young Rohinga boy cries after the wooden boat he was traveling on from Myanmar crashed into the shore, Sept. 12, 2017, in Dakhinpara, Bangladesh. More than half of the Rohingya refugees who have fled violence and repression in Myanmar are children, UNICEF announced Tuesday.

UNICEF estimates that of the more than 330,000 refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since Aug. 25, 200,000 are children. More than 1,000 of them have been identified as unaccompanied, and the organization expects that figure to rise.

“The first thing you see here in the different Rohingya camps is the large number of children,” Jean Lieby, UNICEF Bangladesh chief of child protection, said Tuesday in a statement.

By land, river and sea, Rohingya make their escape from Myanmar

  By land, river and sea, Rohingya make their escape from Myanmar When his family of six crossed the monsoon-soaked Mayu mountains last week, Mohammed Ishmail tied his four-year-old daughter to his back with a longyi, or Myanmar sarong. His wife carried their two-year-old the same way. "Some parts were so steep we had to pull ourselves up by tree roots," said Ishmail, a Rohingya Muslim, in an interview near the Kutapalong settlement for refugees in Bangladesh, shortly after arriving on Tuesday."At night, we just cut a clearing in the bush and slept there. We had two umbrellas for shelter.

An unprecedented 200 , 000 child refugees have fled Burma and are now in urgent need of help, Unicef has warned , as the Rohingya crisis reaches new proportions.

An unprecedented 200 , 000 child refugees have fled Burma and are now in urgent need of help, the United Nations Children 's Fund ( UNICEF ) has warned , as the Rohingya crisis reaches new proportions. Minors make up at least 60 percent of the 330

The types of threats they face, Lieby said, are endless. They’re weak and hungry. They’re exposed to numerous diseases. They’re traumatized and in need of psychological protection. Mothers aren’t giving birth in safe environments.

Conditions for Rohingya children within Myanmar’s Rakhine state are no better. The World Food Program estimated in July that 80,000 Rohingya children under the age of 5 will suffer from acute malnutrition in the next year.

Tensions between Myanmar’s government and the stateless Rohingya population date back to the 1970s but have reached alarming levels of intensity in recent years. The government now systematically cracks down on the Rohingya in response to militant attacks.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday went as far as to call the crisis a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Global rep in shreds, but Suu Kyi still the star in Myanmar

  Global rep in shreds, but Suu Kyi still the star in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi's global image is in tatters over her stubborn refusal to protect the Rohingya -- but her stance has been widely applauded inside Myanmar where hatred abounds for the Muslim minority. Desperate Rohingya have fled Rakhine state since August 25 in droves, trudging through mud-slaked hills and paddy fields in a human tide that has shocked the international community.

Outcast and desperate. Rohingya refugee children face a perilous future. 2. By mid-October, UNICEF had installed more than 2, 000 tube wells in the UNICEF Response to the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh. 1, 200 , 000 people in need, including 720, 000 children .

• More than 200 , 000 newly arrived Rohingya children need access to education. • Over half the refugees are living in sites with no access to healthcare; and 30 per cent have no access to water. • In the last week, at least 4,790 cases of diarrhoea have reported.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, is struggling to cope with a mass influx of refugees in a compressed time period.

“Just to give you an idea: 220,000 people entered Bangladesh in only 6 days ― between 4 and 10 September,” Lieby said. “We have no indication that this influx will stop soon. This is a growing humanitarian crisis and children are at the heart of this crisis.”

UNICEF has opened a supply hub in Cox Bazar in southern Bangladesh, but is appealing for more assistance.

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has remained conspicuously silent on the crisis. She canceled a planned trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, with her office citing ongoing terror attacks.

The U.N. Security Council plans to meet Wednesday to discuss the situation.

Opinion: Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fallen Heroine Turns a Blind Eye to the Rohingyans .
She could have used the bully pulpit to change minds and indirectly influence the military. In a major address to the Myanmar public, and the international community on September 19, Aung San Suu Kyi gave her first significant speech about the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State.

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