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Bangladesh pleads for help, as Rohingyas cross 400,000 and counting

As Rohingya migrants from Myanmar keep pouring in, Bangladesh is quickly running short of resources to provide for the needs of the refugees. Recent estimates suggest that the total migration of Rohingya people has crossed 400,000 and more people are still pouring into Bangladesh. After realizing that it cannot support the migrants on its own, Bangladesh has requested the international community to help out. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the UN General Assembly today and she pleaded for global help for the Rohingya migrants. Earlier, the Bangladesh government had called upon the Myanmar envoy to complain against the actions of Myanmar government. Sources said that Hasina may ask the United Nations to put pressure on Myanmar so that it can curb its action on the Rohingyas.

Most of the Rohingya migrants are currently cramped around in the border town of Cox’s Bazar. Sources said that the situation is worsening in the area due to the massive concentration of people. There is acute shortage of basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and sanitation. Bangladesh wants the UN to put pressure on Myanmar and take back the Rohingya people. Bangladesh has also protested against the laying of mines by Myanmar, which has killed many Rohingyas. Rohingyas are also facing other problems such as mugging and extortion. Cases of diarrhea are also increasing among the refugee camps.

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