Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found


The dead included 10 children, an elderly woman and man. "I can't find my relatives ..."

Though India has assured full humanitarian support to Bangladesh to deal with the influx of Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh wants India to play a more pro-active role and put pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingyas.

At least eight Tunisians drowned and around 20 others were missing when their boat collided with a Tunisian naval vessel, Reuters reported.

Briefing media, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Hasina told Lord Ahmad that the United Kingdom should continue pressing Myanmar government.

Bishop Vasquez said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Migration and Refugee Services has resettled some Rohingya people in the U.S., but that the need was greater than the ability of any one country can meet.

The worlds second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign has been launched in the refugee camps of Bangladeshs Coxs Bazar to protect the Rohingyas and host communities from infection, the World Health Organization said today.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the cuts were temporary and due to delays in receiving payments. In 1982, a controversial law stripped citizenship from the Rohingya, officially making them stateless.

The reports of food shortages will add to the urgency of calls by aid agencies and the worldwide community for unfettered humanitarian access to the conflict zone.

The military has been widely accused of conducting ethnic cleansing and genocide, but it has rejected all these allegations, saying it has only targeted Rohingya militants.

Rohingya are fleeing widespread killings and the burning of their villages in Myanmar, in what United Nations officials have called a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

"We want to go to Bangladesh".

The Nobel laureate has come under sharp global censure for failing to voice more sympathy for the Rohingya streaming out of her country.

Last week, Kyaw Tint Swe, Adviser to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, had met the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister in Dhaka and presented a proposal for repatriation of the refugees to Myanmar. "Many show signs of malnutrition", the IOM statement said.

The Rohingya still in Burma now face extortion by the military to buy the livestock stolen from the Rohiinya who have fled.