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AA team in Rohingya Muslims' camp in Bangladesh

23 July 2012 12:25 (Last updated 23 July 2012 16:35)

AA team entered the camp in Bangladesh where Rohingya Muslims --who escaped from Arakan region of Myanmar-- are staying.


Anadolu Agency (AA) team entered the camp in Bangladesh where Rohingya Muslims --who escaped from Arakan region of Myanmar-- are staying.
Rohingya Muslims, who were living in Arakan region in the west of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), escaped from the violence against them, and now they are trying to survive under difficult conditions in camps alongside Bangladesh border with Myanmar.
They are trying to survive with the assistance provided by the United Nations and other aid organizations.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are left homeless, while nearly 1,000 Muslims are reported missing.
Earlier, Wakar Uddin, Chairman of Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU), spoke to AA, and said "according to the first-hand and confirmed information I got from the region, the number of homeless and people at refugee camps have exceeded 90,000. I cannot give an exact figure for the number of the dead, because everytime a Muslim is killed the body is taken away. Nearly 1,000 are missing, but there are a significant number of dead bodies in this figure."
The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims. The government says the Rohingyas are not native and classify them as illegal migrants, although they have lived in Myanmar for generations.
Recently, Myanmar's President Thein Sein said Rohingya Muslims must be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the United Nations.
Around 800,000 Rohingyas live in Myanmar.
Decades of discrimination have left the Rohingya stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services.

AA team records daily life of Rohingya Muslims

Anadolu Agency team has recorded the daily life of Rohingya Muslims who took shelter in Bangladesh after they escaped from violence in Arakan state of Myanmar.

Rohingyas are trying to survive in the two camps set up in Cox's Bazar city along Myanmar-Bangladesh border.
According to official figures, 28,000 Rohingyas are staying at these two camps, however, the actual number is believed to be higher.
Nur Muhammed, a Rohingya Muslim staying in the camp told AA, "women are being raped and killed in Arakan. When they see a person with a beard, they cut his beard and kill him and then they bury his body in mass graves. They put pressure on leading religious people, and try to kill them. People, as they cannot find food, are trying to survive by eating trees and grass."
"Lucky ones escape and try to reach Bangladesh but most of them die on the road. They are trying to annihilate the Muslims. This torture is made by the Buddhists, government's intelligence staff and police officers in the region," he added.
Meanwhile, life in camps is not easy. Refugees are trying to survive under very primitive conditions. They are waiting for the help of international organizations.