UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — At least 13 Rohingya refugees lost their lives earlier today after their boat overturned near Saint Martin’s Island in the Bay of Bengal.
“We initially came to the conclusion that the dead are members of the Rohingya community living in refugee camps,” Kamal Hossain told AA, chief of local administration.
Hossain added that the dead were brought to the nearest coast.
“Our team is there and we are still continuing the rescue operation,” Hossain added.
According to the Coast Guard media wing, the Bangladeshi Coast Guard and a naval force are jointly conducting search and rescue operations.
“We have also rescued 63 people, mostly Rohingya,” a media wing official told AA.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least 40 people are still counted as missing.
Meanwhile, quoting a Coast Guard commander, local private television station “Jamuna TV” reported that 20 bodies had been discovered, most of them Rohingya.
He said the death toll could rise, adding that they are trying to locate the missing.
Over 1 million Rohingya refugees are currently living in makeshift camps at Cox’s Bazar in inhumane conditions.
Some attempts last year to peacefully repatriate Rohingya refugees to their home country in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have failed, causing frustration among people persecuted for their future in the camps and urging them to choose the paths they take. dangerous marine to move illegally to Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere.
– Rohingya, persecuted people
The Rohingya people, described by the United Nations (UN) as the most persecuted people in the world, have faced growing fears of attacks as dozens were killed in the 2012 violence.
According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children and women, fled Myanmar and fled to Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the Muslim minority community in August 2017, bringing the number of people persecuted in Bangladesh at more than 1.2 million.
According to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA), as of August 25, 2017, approximately 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar state forces.
More than 34,000 Rohingya were set on fire while over 114,000 were beaten, the OIDA report, titled “Forced Rohingya Migration: Untold Experience” said.
The report said about 18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar’s military and police and over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned and another 113,000 vandalized.
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