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

22:06  13 september  2017
22:06  13 september  2017 Source:   HuffPost

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.

5 September 2017 – More than 125, 000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Bangladesh since 25 August, as many as 80 per cent of them are women and children .

More than 200 , 000 Rohingya children , who have fled persecution in Myanmar to Bangladesh, are at risk of health hazards, according to the UNICEF . “This is a growing humanitarian crisis and children are at the heart of this crisis . Some 60 per cent of all refugees are children according to preliminary

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.

60 pct of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children , says UNICEF official - Anadolu Agency. More than 200 , 000 Rohingya children , who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, are at risk and they need urgent He said the UNICEF believes 200 , 000 Rohingya children need urgent support.

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.

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Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children affected by the violence in Rakhine, Myanmar NEW YORK, 5 September 2017 – “ More than 125, 000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Bangladesh since 25 August

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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