South Africa's Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar violence Over 1.4 lakh Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh says United Nations

KM Asad AFP

Turkey is planning to build refugee camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh, President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said Friday as the United Nations reported that the existing camps were "bursting at the seams".

Myanmar on Tuesday allowed TIKA to distribute the aid to Rohingya Muslims in the state, according to Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. Turkey's first lady, Emine Erdogan, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu have visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh to raise awareness of the issue.

Almost 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state since 25 August when the fresh wave of violence erupted.

"We need to prepare for many more to come, I am afraid", said Shinni Kubo, the Bangladesh country manager for the agency.

Dhaka has protested what it called an "unprecedented influx" of Rohingya since the latest violence erupted on August 25.

The powers responsible for the atrocities in Myanmar should be brought to justice, he said, urging the government of Myanmar to take necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of violence in the future.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Tensions have been simmering in Rakhine between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever done", said Tahera Begum, 22, who gave birth to her second child in a forest on the way to the border.

It added that there had been no official position from her with regards to the "rampant" human rights violations experienced by the Rohingya minority. Myanmar is also known as Burma.

"She was the person who got the Nobel Peace Prize for standing up for the rights of humans", Mr Mohideen said.

Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation already home to more than 1,00,000 Rohingya refugees, will probably house the new arrivals in immigration detention centres, he said.

Senator John McCain of Arizona also wrote to Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi this week, noting that he had been her friend and supporter and calling on her "to take an active role in putting a stop to this worsening humanitarian crisis as it spreads throughout the country".

The UN has said it is receiving "constant reports" of violence carried out by security forces in the country, with claims that thousands of people have been killed or tortured.

"Lot of them are very anxious about the situation in Myanmar".

Reuters reports that Ms Suu Kyi earlier this week blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" over the crisis.

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