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22 March 2018 05:07 AM
ECHO Daily Flash
Myanmar / Bangladesh - Rakhine Conflict
published on 07/09/2017
The number of Rohingya refugees who arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August has reached 164 000, two times more than the exodus that followed the October 2016 violence. The rapid influx of refugees is posing tremendous challenges to humanitarian agencies, as the new refugees’ vulnerability is extreme.
Land mine explosions are reported to have continued at the border areas. Bangladesh has reportedly lodged a complaint to Myanmar regarding the laying of landmines. Bangladesh Police reports having recovered 11 dead bodies along the border, including five who had died from gunshot injuries.
In Myanmar, tensions remain very high as social media spreads images of atrocities committed by all sides involved in the conflict. Anti-INGO/UN sentiment remains very high in Mrauk- U, Minibya, Pauktaw and Meyborn, leading to pressure on landlords to end contracts and stop doing business with INGOs. The office of one Rakhine Civil Society Organisation (CSO) working in Muslim camps in Kyaukphyu was attacked by an angry mob.
Negotiations are on-going on conditions for resumption of humanitarian assistance in North Rakhine. With severe media restrictions and no access for humanitarian agencies, it is impossible to estimate the number of people affected by the violence in Myanmar. In Maungdaw town alone, approximately 40% of the population has been displaced.
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