New Fires Ravage Rohingya Villages in Northwest Myanmar

Saul Bowman
September 10, 2017

Thousands of Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh by sea, river and land, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where the army has been carrying out a military campaign following an insurgent attack on August 25.

"I think we can't even imagine for a second what it's like when your citizenship, your right to live in a country, is completely denied", said Malala.

"We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens", Suu Kyi said in comments to Reuters Television's Indian partner, Asian News International.

The statement also referred to India's strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks on Myanmar security forces in the Rakhine state.

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu earlier told media that the first lady would have "close contact" with Rohingyas who had escaped from Myanmar. The intensifying violence has left almost 400 people dead and many more displaced.

Myanmar's State Counsellor Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi is under global pressure after the exodus of 2.7 lakh refugees from the Rakhine State into Bangladesh, many of them accusing the military of large scale arson.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai says the "global community" needs to intervene to protect Myanmar's Muslim minority.She urged Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to speak up for the Rohingya.

"It will be more hard for the Myanmar military to say it is carrying out an operation that many rights groups have said looks more and more like a campaign of ethnic cleansing, and of disproportionate targeting of Rohingya civilians instead of Rohingya fighters", she said.

"Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are coming to Bangladesh daily".

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed villagers indiscriminately during their crackdown, setting fire to hundreds of villages.

"There is now an urgent need for 60,000 new shelters, as well as food, clean water and health services, including specialist mental health services and support for survivors of sexual violence".

The petition also slammed Suu Kyi for a controversial statement she had made in 2013 which appeared to be anti-Muslim in nature.

It's unclear where Myanmar purchased the mines, or if they were manufactured within the country.

A Myanmar military source said no landmines had been planted recently, while a government spokesman told Reuters more information was needed. Governments should react to it. People are being displaced, they're facing violence.

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