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Rohingya refugees: Myanmar hiding five other mass graves

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/01/18, 11:18 am

More than two dozen Rohingya Muslims now in refugee camps in Bangladesh confirmed the existence of at least five mass graves in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin following the military’s clearance operations, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Myanmar’s military in August launched attacks against the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state days after militants attacked security posts. More than 650,000 Rohingya fled into neighboring Bangladesh, detailing stories of mass assaults and killings.

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Aid group warns of health risks to babies born in Rohingya camps

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/05/18, 10:26 am

International aid group Save the Children predicts at least 48,000 children will be born this year to Rohingya Muslims living in overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh. The group said in its Friday report that a majority of the babies will be born in tents due to a shortage of 24-hour health facilities in the camps. The unsanitary conditions will put the babies at risk of catching diseases or dying before they turn 5, according to the group.

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Pope Francis calls Rohingya by name

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/01/17, 11:03 am

Pope Francis on Friday changed his stance and called the Rohingya by name as he spoke with them at an interfaith peace prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. Francis offered blessings and listened to the stories of more than a dozen Rohingya Muslim refugees, apologizing to them for the “indifference of the world” to their plight. “The presence of God today is also called ‘Rohingya,’” he said.

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