Tambru burns – A first person account of a Bangladeshi journalist who snuck into Myanmar on September 21
- South Asia
- September 22, 2017
‘Though Bangladesh is a very small country, on the humanitarian grounds it has given shelter to the Rohingya’
‘The Rohingya problem is currently the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. It is a big burden to Bangladesh, too’
14,000 additional shelters will be built on 2,000 acres of land near the Kutupalong area under the programme
Highlighting the Rohingya crisis as an important issue, global jihadist groups and several international and native militant outfits have already exchanged such ‘jihadi’ invitations on social media
The US and the European Union have already imposed an arms embargo on Myanmar
Myanmar has come under criticism from the international community for its widespread violation of human rights in Rakhine state
The fighting – triggered by coordinated attacks on Friday by insurgents wielding sticks, knives and crude bombs on 30 police posts and an army base
The latest spate of violence comes after years of conflict between Yangon and the Rohingya Muslims
At least 89 people including a dozen security forces were killed as Rohingya insurgents besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State
Rakhine has been gripped by violence since October last year
Northern Rakhine become a hotbed of violence again in October 2016 when the military launched a bloody crackdown on Rohingya to a crush a small uprising
Of the arrested attackers, 39 are facing trials for ‘killing people, destroying public property and communicating with illegal organisations’
The armed attacks on three border outposts by Rohingya militant group Harakah al-Yakin (Faith Movement, HaY) on October 9 and onwards came into light after the Myanmar military retaliated by launching a crackdown in Rakhine State in the name of clearing operations when innocent people were killed and raped, and their houses burnt to ashes.
According to the UNHCR, more than 27,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the military crackdown began in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after attacks on border posts on October 9.
Amid an influx of refugees from Myanmar, 60-year-old woman named Safura, who recently came to Bangladesh, gave a harrowing account of the situation in her country.
The Myanmar military has declared the area an “operation zone” and has tightly controlled the flow of information since insurgents seized dozens of weapons in raids on border posts on October 9
9 police officers were killed when 3 police posts in northern Rakhine State were overrun on October 9 by attackers wielding automatic weapons, sticks and knives
26 civilians have died in the ensuing military lockdown, state media reported — rights groups say the army is gunning down unarmed Muslims on the streets
Local representative claim that the death toll is seven and that they were innocent
The fact they have been sentenced to imprisonment is better than nothing, an activist says