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UNHCR: 15,000 Rohingya stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border

  • Published at 04:41 pm October 17th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:01 am October 18th, 2017
UNHCR: 15,000 Rohingya stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border
An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have been slandered near Bangladesh-Myanmar border, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Rohingya entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar district, UNHCR said in a statement issued on Tuesday. UNHCR Spokesman Andrej Mahecic expressed his concern about the humanitarian condition of thousands of new arrivals who are stranded near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. He said many of them had initially chosen to remain in their homes in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state despite repeated threats to leave or be killed. “They finally fled when their villages were set on fire”, he added. Andrej Mahecic said the refugees UNHCR staff spoke to described walking for around a week to reach the Bangladesh border. Some crossed into on Sunday night, others throughout Monday in the heat and rain. He said: “Most of them are still squatting in the paddy fields of Anjuman Para village in Bangladesh. They are waiting for permission to move away from the border, where the sound of gunfire continues to be heard every night from the Myanmar side.” UNHCR is advocating with the Bangladesh authorities to urgently admit these refugees fleeing violence and increasingly-difficult conditions back home. UNHCR, the Bangladesh Red Crescent and Action against Hunger, are delivering food and water to the stranded refugees. The statement said an estimated 582,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on 25 August.