Erdoğan urges Muslim countries to help Rohingya

United Nations agencies estimate that more than a quarter-million Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Cox's Bazar region in just the last two weeks, joining at least 100,000 people who were already there after fleeing earlier riots or persecution in Buddhist-majority Burma. "We are not prepared here for such a huge number", he said.

Political and Islamic groups, along with other civil society organizations, joined protests in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka Friday to urge Myanmar to "stop committing genocide" and take back those who have sought refuge elsewhere.

There have been widespread reports of mass atrocities by state forces with fleeing Rohingya refugees being shot at and their homes set alight.

He added that the refugees will be registered using biometric system.

Refugee camps had already been filled to capacity before the influx. "How will we get work here in Nepal from where thousands of youths are going overseas in search of jobs?" added Abu, who seems to have gathered a fair amount of knowledge about the employment situation here as well.

Meanwhile, reports say a group that has allegedly been fighting to defend the Rohingya declared a unilateral ceasefire on Sunday to allow aid to reach increasingly desperate people displaced by violence.

India remains deeply concerned about the situation in Rakhine State in Myanmar and the outflow of refugees from that region.

Observers believe Arsa only had several hundred trained militants - and many probably died in the recent attacks.

Successive regimes have historically discriminated against them even though many have lived for generations in Rakhine state.

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To the fleeing Rohingya, Arsa is little more than a phantom force or they do not want to talk about it. "All of my sons burned into ash", he told BenarNews.

While they are anxious about their family members, they say they have found a safe refuge in Nepal. "Job is scarce here", said Abu.

He and three surviving relatives hid out for days, and made it into Teknaf, a sub-district of Cox's Bazar, on Friday.

Some said the journey took seven days. A major at the Border Guard Police headquarters in northern Maungdaw near the Bangladesh border also refused to comment. The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread.

Human rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and ethnic Rakhine vigilantes have unleashed a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned Myanmar for "systematic brutal acts" against its Muslim Rohingya minority and asked it to accept worldwide monitors.

"Unfortunately" he added "the government of Myanmar has not issued the necessary permission for the dispatch of humanitarian aid despite diplomatic contacts".

Washington lawmakers who once enthusiastically supported Aung San Suu Kyi's rise to power in Myanmar have shifted this week to criticism of her silence in the face of a bloody military crackdown on ethnic minorities, the latest sign that the nation's fragile democratic project is on tenuous footing.

Discussions would also be held "for the placement of a military hospital in the area with the further consent of Bangladeshi authorities", according to the statement.


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