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More than 60 Rohingya drown after shipwreck

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/29/17, 10:35 am

The United Nations migration agency on Friday said more than 60 Rohingya Muslims fleeing by boat to Bangladesh are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead after a shipwreck in the Bay of Bengal. Spokesman Joel Millman said 23 refugees have been confirmed dead while 40 others are missing. Millman said about 80 people boarded the vessel, which drifted at sea for two days with no food and battled rough weather. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Burma, also known as Myanmar, since renewed clashes on Aug 25.

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Iraqi Kurds await independence vote results

International | International groups warn the referendum could trigger more instability in Iraq
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/26/17, 01:43 pm

Iraqi Kurdish officials said more than 70 percent of Kurds showed up to vote in the region’s independence referendum Monday. As the Kurds await the results, the Iraqi government and several other regional leaders have threatened to respond forcefully if the push for independence continues. 

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Another 100,000 Rohingya waiting to cross into Bangladesh

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/22/17, 10:06 am

Satellite photos of the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh show the extent of the Rohingya crisis, as more than 420,000 people flee violence in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Photos reveal thousands of temporary shelters scattered over the landscape. One of the images, taken Sept. 16 by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, shows the Kutupalong refugee camp has quadrupled in size. Elsewhere, refugees are building bamboo structures covered with plastic sheeting to create shelter from the rain. But the United Nations points out that refugees in makeshift shelters lack basic amenities.

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