"Rohingya Refugees Flee Into Bangladesh To Escape Ethnic Cleansing" by Kevin Frayer
Since August 25th, 2017 more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh from Myanmar, fleeing an operation by their country’s military described by the United Nations as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Hundreds are known to have died and survivors arrive with horrifying accounts of villages burned, women raped, and scores killed.
There is little relief in makeshift camps rife with malnutrition, cholera, and more. Aid organisations are struggling to keep pace with the staggering number of refugees, of whom some 60% are unaccompanied children.
Bangladesh has urged the creation of a safe zone within Myanmar, though the Muslim Rohingya have long been persecuted in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, and Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears unable or unwilling to stop the army’s crackdown. During a recent visit to Myanmar then U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a “credible” probe into human rights violations, but ruled out sanctions.