Rohingya Refugees Drown as They Flee Myanmar

A group of Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh Myanmar border in Teknaf Bnagladesh

The UN said around 27,400 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar during the past week and a further 20,000 are marooned in no man's land between the two countries.

The bodies of 15 women and 11 children were recovered in Cox's Bazar after the vessels, which carried an unknown number of Rohingya, sank in the Naf River on Wednesday, Bangladesh border guard commander Lieutenant Colonel S.M. Ariful Islam said on Thursday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged the leaders of Muslim countries to address the situation of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, making desperate attempts to flee the worst violence in Myanmar in at least five years.

The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, are considered some of the most persecuted people in the world.

Satellite imagery analysed by US-based Human Rights Watch indicated that many homes in northern Rakhine state were set ablaze.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said the humanitarian situation was deteriorating rapidly.

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The bodies of two Rohingya women and two children had been recovered on Wednesday after their boat was sacked on by Burma's Border Guard Police, Islam said.

She went on to remind the authorities of their human rights obligations to give equal protection to people from all communities, whether from attacks by extremists or excessive action from the security forces.

Bangladesh has forcibly returned 70 Rohignya Muslims to Myanmar as hundreds of people flee the violence triggered by Islamists in Rakhine state. The report states that "an estimated 22,000 people remain internally displaced as at 20 January, which means that almost 90,000 people are estimated to have suffered internal or cross-border displacement since 9 October 2016".

This August 29, 2017 photo shows an elderly Rohingya refugee holding her sleeping grandson in her lap at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, after crossing the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

Abdullah, a Rohingya from the region of Buthidaung, told Reuters four of the six hamlets in his village of Mee Chaung Zay had been burned down by security forces.

The International Organisation for Migration joined UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in appealing to Bangladesh to admit people caught on the border. But the Rohingya have desperately been trying to enter Bangladesh by hook or by crook. They fear lack of accommodation and sanitation facilities may lead to abuse of young girls.

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