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12 dead and many missing as boat carrying Rohingyas capsizes

11 October 2017, 12:11 | Rufus Hill

Myanmar: Rohingya boat drowning shows no let-up in Rakhine state desperation

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The boat carrying Rohingya Muslims capsized at Shar Porir DWIP southern tip of Bangladesh.

Early September, 46 bodies were recovered after a boat sank between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

More than 11,000 people crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar's violence-torn Rakhine State in one day, the United Nations refugee agency said.

More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25 after government forces began retaliating after attacks on security check posts by militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

Myanmar's government denies the allegations of ethnic cleansing and has labeled as terrorists the militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army who launched the initial attacks.

The U.N. refugee agency says Bangladeshi border guards reported over 11,000 Rohingya crossed the border on Monday.

When Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali was speaking at a discussion on Tuesday, he noted that "Myanmar's proposal of partial repatriation might be a "trick" to neutralise the mounting pressure from the global community". "They were buried in our village graveyard", he said. It is thought that more than 60 refugees died just last week after another boat capsized.

The West has invested politically in Myanmar leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has faced scathing worldwide criticism for not doing more to stop the violence. "And also we have mental health components, so by this mental health component we're going to cover 30,000 persons under these mental health services", said Muhammad Mehedi, field co-cordinator for Action Against Hunger.

A general view of a makeshift refugee camp in Balukhali in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on October 08, 2017. In 1982, a controversial law stripped citizenship from the Rohingya, officially making them stateless.

More than a quarter million Rohingyas left Burma and will confront a wide range of human rights violations, such as forced labour, extortion, and harassment.

"Even the global pressure has so far failed to refrain Myanmar military from implementing its long-term depopulation plan for Rohingyas", added Mahmood.

The UN says more than 600,000 have arrived in the a year ago, swelling camps that were already home to between 300,000 and 400,000 refugees.

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