september 13, 2017: Bangladeshi authorities on Wednesday recovered the corpses of nine Rohingyas, including three women and three children, from the River Naf, that separates Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The latest deaths raised to 97 the toll of Rohingya refugees who have died while crossing over to Bangladesh, fleeing ongoing violence in the conflict-torn Rakhine state in Myanmar, through the river route, Cox’s Bazar District’s Intelligence Officer Provas Chandra Dhar said.
At least 370,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh in the past three weeks to escape an ongoing violent military offensive in the Rakhine state in northwest Myanmar after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) rebels attacked multiple government posts in the state on August 25.
Meanwhile, the ARSA announced a month-long ceasefire last Saturday to allow the entry of humanitarian aid, which the Myanmar government rejected.
The latest Rohingya exodus follows a similar wave last year in October, when a similar insurgent attack on border posts had led to an aggressive military offensive in the region resulting in the exodus of more than 80,000 Rohingyas.
Before the current crisis erupted, between 300,000 and 500,000 Rohingyas were living in Bangladesh, out of whom only 32,000 enjoy refugee status and live concentrated in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh.
Featured image: A Rohingya man stretches his arms out for food distributed by local volunteers, with bags of puffed rice stuffed into his vest at Kutupalong, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh are becoming desperate for scant basic resources and dwindling supplies. Fights are erupting over food and water. Women and children are tapping on car windows or tugging at the clothes of passing reporters while rubbing their bellies and begging for food. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)