Bangladesh calls for ‘urgent’ steps as Rohingya flee Myanmar


DHAKA, Nov 24 — Dhaka has called on Myanmar to take “urgent measures” to protect its Rohingya minority after thousands crossed into Bangladesh in just a few days, some saying the military was burning villages and raping young girls.

Troops have poured into a strip of land along Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh that is largely home to the stateless Muslim Rohingya minority since a series of coordinated and deadly attacks on police border posts last month.

Up to 30,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes according to the United Nations, which is urging Bangladesh to open its border to them.

Bangladesh said thousands had already entered the country and thousands more were reported to be gathering at the border.

It said the foreign ministry had summoned the Myanmar ambassador late yesterday to express “deep concern” at the humanitarian situation in western Rakhine state.

“Despite our border guards’ sincere effort to prevent the influx, thousands of distressed Myanmar citizens including women, children and elderly people continue to cross (the) border in to Bangladesh,” it said.  

“Thousands more have been reported to be gathering at the border crossing,” it said, calling for “urgent appropriate measures so that Muslim minorities… are not forced to seek shelter across the border.”

Many of those seeking refuge in Bangladesh say they have walked for days and used rickety boats to cross into the neighbouring country, where hundreds of thousands of registered Rohingya refugees have been living for decades.

A large portion of those looking for asylum in Bangladesh say they have strolled for a considerable length of time and utilized unsteady pontoons to cross into the neighboring nation, where a huge number of enlisted Rohingya evacuees have been living for quite a long time. 

Since the most recent viciousness erupted, Bangladesh's common government has been under extraordinary weight to open its fringe to keep a philanthropic catastrophe. 

Rather, Bangladesh fringe protects have heightened watches and drift monitors have conveyed additional boats. Authorities say they have ceased around a thousand Rohingya at the outskirt since Monday. 

Rancher Deen Mohammad was among the thousands who sidestepped the watches, sneaking into the Bangladeshi bordertown of Teknaf four days back with his better half, two of their youngsters and three different families. 

"They (Myanmar's military) took my two young men, matured nine and 12 when they entered my town. I don't realize what transpired. 

"They took ladies in rooms and after that bolted them from inside. Up to 50 ladies and young ladies of our town were tormented and assaulted." 

Mohammad said houses in his town were scorched, resounding comparable declaration from other late entries. 

The Myanmar military has denied smoldering towns, yet Human Rights Watch said Monday that by utilizing satellite symbolism it had recognized 820 more structures wrecked in five Rohingya towns between November 10-18.