Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 09:06:19 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Help them survive

Rain compounds misery for Rohingyas: Myanmar plants landmines along border, confirms AI: Copters fire towards village in Rakhine state: Rohingya exodus to BD nears 300,000, says UN

Rain compounds misery for Rohingyas: Myanmar plants landmines along border, confirms AI: Copters fire  towards village in Rakhine state: Rohingya exodus to BD nears 300,000, says UN
photo by

Rohingya refugees climb up a hill after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Internet photo

By
10th-Sep-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Staff Reporter :
Intermitted rains compounded the misery for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees still without shelters at many points of no man's land area since Thursday.
Besides, the rains also pounded their makeshift structures, adding to the misery of many refugees who live in structures made of sticks and pieces of cloth.
Apart from these, Myanmar Army planted landmines along border with Bangladesh posing deadly threat to fleeing Rohingya.
They do not have food or shelter and their children were seen running around half-naked while adults barefoot -- all in torn clothes telling the tale of their journey.
Families mark out any space they can with whatever they can find. Makeshift houses are being built with pieces of tarpaulin, broken umbrellas and bits of plastic.
 "We are living in plight, we left our homes, lost our everything so we ask everyone to help us survive,"  said a mother along with her five children now staying at a makeshift house at Kutapalong of Cox's Bazar district on Saturday.
She said her family members are passing sleepless night after their makeshift home crumbled by the rain. "We are starved and we don't   have enough help."  A woman was cooking their meal for the day, a few handfuls of rice over an open fire.  The woman told media that they fled after their village was burned down, but her husband and son died before they could escape.  "We need food for the children," she said.   "We have no idea where we will go from here, we are just following what everyone else is doing." The UN says an "alarming" number of refugees have come into Bangladesh in the past two weeks. But the conditions they come into are also alarming. Quoting Rohingyas, Vivian Tan, spokesperson, UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) told media said a helicopter came and dropped something onto their village, and a number of them reported shootings. Some said they lost family members. They said they hid in jungles, in mountains, and they helped each other because of the difficult conditions. And there were also quite a few stories about babies being born along the way.
Many have either lost their parents in the violence or along the way as they fled. Some are with aunts or neighbours. Others, however, are completely alone. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday.
The figure has jumped about 20,000 in a day.
 "Some 290,000 Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh since August 25," said Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency.
Officials said the UN has found more Rohingya in villages and areas, which were previously not included by relief agencies.
Most of the Rohingyas are arriving by foot or boat across Bangladesh's 278 kilometre border with Myanmar, a fourth of which is made up by the Naf River. The UN said there was a sharp increase in arrivals on Wednesday, when more than 300 boats arrived in Bangladesh. On Thursday, the UN had put the number at 164,000.
Refugee camps near Bangladesh's border with Myanmar already had about 300,000 Rohingya before the upsurge in violence and are now overwhelmed.The tens of thousands of new arrivals have nowhere to shelter from monsoon rains. Most have walked for days and the UN says many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter, food and water.
Myanmar's security forces planted internationally banned antipersonnel landmines along its border with Bangladesh which have seriously injured at least three civilians, including two children, and reportedly killed one man in the past week, Amnesty International (AI) confirmed on Saturday.   "The Myanmar military's callous use of inherently indiscriminate and deadly weapons at highly trafficked paths around the border is putting the lives of ordinary people at enormous risk," said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's Crisis Response Director, who is currently near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
 "The Myanmar Army is one of only a handful of state forces worldwide, along with North Korea and Syria, to still openly use antipersonnel landmines. Authorities must immediately end this abhorrent practice against people who are already fleeing persecution."
Some of the mines have been found near Taung Pyo Let Wal (also known as Tumbro) in Myanmar's Rakhine state on the edge of the border with Bangladesh. Many have fled the area to a makeshift refugee camp inside Bangladesh, but make frequent trips back across the border to bring supplies or to help others to cross.
In one incident, on September 3, a woman in her 50s crossed the border from Bangladesh into Taung Pyo Let Wal and stepped on a landmine on the way back.  She is being treated in a Bangladeshi hospital after her leg was blown off from the knee down.
One of her relatives, Kalma, 20, told AI: "My mother-in-law went to our village [from the camp] to fetch water to take a shower.
A few minutes later I heard a big explosion and I heard someone had stepped on a mine. It was only later I realized it was my mother-in-law." Several eyewitnesses said they had seen Myanmar security forces, including military personnel and Border Guard Police, plant mines close to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.
AI verified the authenticity of graphic mobile phone images showing the woman's shredded legs immediately after the blast.
Medical experts concluded from the nature of the injury that it was caused by an explosive device that was powerful, directed upwards and located on the ground, all of which is consistent with a landmine.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Death of another prosecution witness : Too difficult to accept as an accident


NO sooner had the Eid vacation come to an end but another murder shocked us all. The decapitated body of Sumon Zahid, a witness in a war crimes case and also the son of martyred journalist Selina Parvin was found dead in the capital's Khilgaon the day before yesterday. There ...

Business & Economy »

A delegation headed by Farzana Chowdhury, CEO of Green Delta Insurance makes a courtesy call with Dr. M Khairul Hossain, the newly appointed Chairman of Security Exchange Commission recently. Additional Managing Director and Company Secretary Syed Moinuddin Ahmed and Deputy Managing Director Wafi S M Khan of the company were also present.


Football »

England beat Tunisia 2-1


AFP, Volgograd :Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.  Gareth Southgate's men almost paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half ...

Football »

Harry Kane : England's new prince


AFP, Volgograd :Harry Kane rose emphatically to the World Cup challenge in England's opening match against Tunisia, scoring a last-gasp winner to give Gareth Southgate's side lift-off in Russia.It was a remarkable World Cup debut for Kane, who bore the added pressure of the captain's armband and the weight of ...

Entertainment »

I`m indebted to J.P. Dutta for life : Pooja Bhatt


Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt said she is indebted to veteran director J.P. Dutta for not only making her a part of 'Border' but also for encouraging her to never change. 'Border' on Wednesday completed 21 years of its release and Pooja took to Twitter to thank Dutta for casting her in ...

International »

US won`t be made a migrant camp


President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would not become a "migrant camp" as he faced mounting pressure to stop families being separated as a deterrent to illegal immigration."The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility," Trump ...

City »

Pedestrians passing through a muddy road as the authority concerned does not repair the road for long time. The snap was taken from Bibir Bagicha area in the city's Jatrabari on Tuesday.


Editorial »

Save the flood victims and take adequate measures for post-flood rehabilitation


INCESSANT rainfall in the last few days has triggered floods in the country's East and South East districts. Thousands of people of Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Feni and Chattogram districts have been marooned as floodwater crawled to inundate their homestead and damage crops and livestock. The New Nation recently reported that Khowai, ...

Football »

A Mexico soccer fan celebrates her team victory against Germany after their group F match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Sunday.


Sports »

Federer wins 98th ATP title in Stuttgart


AFP, Germany :Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) defeat of Milos Raonic in the grass-court Stuttgart Cup final.The Swiss great, who will be chasing a ninth Wimbledon triumph next month, beat his Canadian opponent for the 11th time in 14 meetings while ...

International »

US policy on migrant kids `unconscionable`: UN rights chief


AP, Geneva :The U.N. human rights chief is urging the Trump administration to end new policies separating migrant children from their parents after entering the United States from Mexico, saying they've affected nearly 2,000 kids in the last six weeks.Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says it's "unconscionable" that any country would seek ...

International »

Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans


AP, Washington :The emotional policy of separating children from their parents is also starting to divide Republicans and their allies as Democrats turn up the pressure.Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanging pleasantries with diplomats at Ganabhaban in the city on Saturday on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.


Editorial »

Eid Mubarak


EID UL FITR is an important religious event celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The Eid (Muslim religious festival) is the first and only day in the month of Shawal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The ...

Cricket »

History-making Afghanistan get baptism of fire in Test cricket


AFP, Bangalore :Afghanistan were handed a bruising introduction to Test cricket by India on Thursday as they capped their astonishing rise from war and refugee camps to joining the sport's elite.Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai called it a "very proud moment" as he strode onto the field at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news