Unicef sends aid to Rohingya camps in Bangladesh


An estimated 380,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Myanmar and reached Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmarese security forces in response to an attack on a military outpost by Rohingya militants on August 25.

"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognise the right of return of all those who had to leave the country".

"Stop Rohingya Genocide", "Stop killing Muslims in Burma" read the banners.

The Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid (India) arrived in Bangladesh last week to provide free langar(community kitchen service which provides food) to the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar after violence spread.

Guterres said the Myanmar government should either grant the Rohingya nationality or legal status that would allow them to live a normal life.

"We have also invited diplomats based in Thailand and New Delhi to the event on 19 September", Zaw Htay said.

The British government earlier provided almost 11 million pounds in aid.

The Security Council also urged the government to implement the recommendations of a commission led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan calling for economic development and social justice to counter deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state.

They also called for aid groups to be given immediate access to the conflict area and fleeing people. And Aung San Suu Kyi, however angry we may be at her right now, does not have the constitutional authority over the military that a civilian leader should have. McConnell said he spoke with Suu Kyi by phone on Wednesday and she repeated her call for "peace and reconciliation" in strife-torn Rakhine state.

Malaysia expects to see numerous people seeking shelter in its territory in the next few weeks, said Zulkifli Abu Bakar, the director general of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency said and the country is prepared for it.

ARSA leader Ata Ullah is believed to be have been born in Pakistan as the son of a Muslim man from Rakhine, and educated in Saudi Arabia.

Many of the Muslim minority trace their lineage in Myanmar back generations, but were rendered effectively stateless by the former junta and are demonised among the Buddhist-majority population as illegal immigrants. A Bangladesh border guard commander was quoted as saying that the bodies of 15 women and children were recovered in Cox's Bazar after the vessels carrying an unknown number of Rohingya, sank in the Naf River in the last week of August. Bangladesh has received nearly 400,000 in two and a half weeks.

An AP photographer saw one injured baby taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Smoke was rising from at least five places on the Myanmar side of the border on Thursday, a Reuters reporter in Bangladesh said.

The foreign ministry said the supplies would be sent in several air lifts starting Thursday and would include rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, noodles and biscuits.