Switzerland: «Urgent action» needed to address Myanmar violence — UNHCR

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called for «urgent action» to address the root causes of the recent violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Friday. UNHCR spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan said that the root causes of the violence that has so far led to an exodus of 270,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar must be addressed, so that the... Еще Muslims can return to their homes «in safety and in dignity». Khan also pointed out that the two refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, namely Kutupalang and Nayapara, were already bursting and the population of the camps had more than doubled from 34,000 to 70,000 over the past two weeks. Spokesperson for UNICEF in Geneva Marixie Mercado said the number of refugees was «overwhelming» and about 80 percent were made up of women and children. Mercado went on to highlight the acute shortage of humanitarian aid, including «shelter, food, water, medicine, nutrition supplies to treat malnourished kids and relief workers». Violence erupted in Myanmar on August 25 when reportedly suspected Rohingya fighters attacked police posts in Rakhine State. Since then an estimated 270,000 Rohingya have fled the country, according to the UN's refugee agency.

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