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U.S. to give $32 million in aid for Rohingya Muslims

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/20/17, 11:41 am

The United States will donate $32 million in humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violent clashes in Burma’s Rakhine state, the State Department announced on Wednesday. Officials said the assistance would help provide emergency shelter, food, and healthcare to refugees who have fled into neighboring Bangladesh and internally displaced persons still in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

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UN: 60 percent of Rohingya refugees are children

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/15/17, 11:28 am

The United Nations children’s agency on Friday said an estimated 240,000 children have fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine state in Burma, also known as Myanmar, in the last few weeks. UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said children make up about 60 percent of all Rohingya Muslim refugees. About 1,100 of the children are not accompanied by an adult, Mercado said at a briefing in Geneva. “As everybody here is going to tell you, the needs are seemingly endless and the suffering is deepening,” she said. The renewed conflict that began Aug.

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The Bangladesh government on Monday offered a plot of land for a new camp to shelter the nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Burma, also known as Myanmar. Refugees already have filled up two existing camps in Bangladesh, with many others setting up makeshift settlements along the border. Since the Aug. 25 clashes between Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, approximately 270,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Myanmar has long denied the Rohingya Muslims citizenship rights and legal status.

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