World Food Programme Seeks $75 Million for Rohingya Crisis

Casey Dawson
October 3, 2017

"We can not be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be: a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority", she said, referring to the country by its former name, Burma. "The talks were held in a friendly atmosphere, and Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees", Mahmood said after the meeting in Dhaka.

He did not give further details about the process.

The documentary, called "I Am Rohingya", is the first to be produce by Contrast VR, Al Jazeera's immersive media studio and tells the story of Jamalida Begum, a Rohingya Muslim, and her two children in the slums of the Kutupalong refugee encampments in Bangladesh.

More than half a million Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh over the last five weeks after militant attacks on police checkposts there sparked violent reprisals, with entire villages burnt to the ground.

Annan's recommendations include restoration of citizenship of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. "Myanmar did not keep their word in the past, they stopped cooperating with Bangladesh for their repatriation".

In a statement issued late Monday by Myanmar's State Counsellor's Office, Minister Kyaw Tint Swe repeated Suu Kyi's repatriation vow.

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People are "absolutely appalled" by the situation in Myanmar, he said, adding it was "extraordinary" she had not spoken out about reported atrocities in the country.

Until now, Myanmar has not allowed the United Nations fact-finding mission to visit Rakhine, and the proposed solutions to end the Rohingya's plight recommended by Annan's team have been dismissed by Myanmar's leadership.

Global aid groups fear tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain in northern parts of Rakhine are in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter after over a month of military operations. It considers the Muslims illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

Myanmar has come under worldwide criticism for barring aid groups, journalists and other outsiders from independently traveling to the region to see the situation there.

Diplomats and United Nations officials visited conflict-torn areas of northern Rakhine for the first time since more than 500,000 self-identifying Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of ethnic Rakhine and others fled the area since Aug 25.

They also stopped at Pantaw Pyin Muslim village, where communities lived peacefully during the crisis, and met with members of ethnic Rakhine, Muslims, Mro, Hindu, Diangnet, and Kathe minority groups who were caught up in the violence in other areas.

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