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'Lack of food and water could kill Rohingya refugees'

18 September 2017, 11:06 | Katie Chavez

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The BBC's Fergal Keane spoke to Buddhists in the second city Mandalay

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The BBC's Fergal Keane spoke to Buddhists in the second city Mandalay

She also cancelled her plans to attend the UN General Assembly to remain in Myanmar to reportedly deal with the ongoing security situation.

Thousands of Rohingyas have already fled their homeland to take refuge in Bangladesh.

More than half of the estimated 412,000 Rohingya who have arrived in Bangladesh live in fragile conditions without proper shelter, clean drinking water and sanitation.

There are acute shortages of almost all forms of aid, with many Rohingya huddling under tarps as their only protection from monsoon rains.

The new settlements will be built within the next 10 days on 2,000 acres in the Cox's Bazar district near Bangladesh's border with Myanmar, officials have said.

The U.N. has described the violence against the Rohingya in Burma as ethnic cleansing - an organized effort to rid an area of an ethnic group.

Something you should know about Myanmar: The country adheres to a more militant type of Buddhism than is usually imagined in the West. More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled their homes.

"Burma's senior military commanders are more likely to heed the calls of the worldwide community if they are suffering real economic consequences", said John Sifton, HRW's Asia advocacy director.

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Her spokesman said Tuesday State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will focus attention on the "Rakhine terrorist attacks", and will not attend the United Nations session.

She has since focused her energy on the delicate political dance between her civilian government and the generals who still hold numerous levers of power.

This government has to take responsibility for the actions of the military and paramilitary forces waging a war of genocide against the Rohingya population who are of the Muslim faith.

Rape and "slaughter" in the Myanmar's army's hands were part of the bitter fate awaiting the Rohingyas, they said.

'Our field research backs what the satellite imagery has indicated - that the Burmese (Myanmar) military is directly responsible for the mass burning of Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine State, ' said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

In a Facebook post, Dr Balakrishnan said he had a "warm and open discussion" with Aung San Suu Kyi on the situation in Rakhine State.

The Bangladesh government has also been holding two Myanmar photographers covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine.

Is this new?: Yes and no. Rohingya families have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since the 1970s, BBC reported.

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