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Myanmar’s Rohingya exodus – A desperate escape

Bangladesh: The world's fastest-growing humanitarian crisis shows no signs of abating, two months after militant attacks triggered a military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine State. (See the graphic "A Desperate Escape" here: tmsnrt.rs/2xIvxQF) This week thousands of new Rohingya Muslim refugees crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, fleeing hunger and a campaign of attacks by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist mobs that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. Exhausted, hungry and destitute, they join…

Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

SITTWE, Myanmar: Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government. Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army. The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since late August amount to a…

Exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh reaches 270,000: UNHCR

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: An estimated 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, the UN refugee agency said on Friday, announcing a dramatic jump in numbers fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A rights group said satellite images showed about 450 buildings had been burned down in a Myanmar border town largely inhabited by Rohingya, as part of what the Muslim minority refugees say is a concerted effort to expel them. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the…

Huge fire at Spain music festival prompts exodus

MADRID: A huge fire forced more than 22 000 people to flee an electronic music festival near Barcelona in an incident that organisers blamed on a technical fault. No one was hurt in Saturday's blaze, after firefighters speedily extinguished flames at the Tomorrowland festival in Santa Coloma de Gramenet in the country's northeast. But around 20 people had to be treated for anxiety attacks or minor injuries, the fire service said in a statement, noting that 22 143 people had to be removed because of the inferno.…