Bangladesh carving out forest land to shelter desperate Rohingya

Bangladesh carving out forest land to shelter desperate Rohingya

A Bangladesh minister gave details of the mega camp as Myanmar's army blamed Rohingya militants for setting fire to houses in troubled Rakhine state in recent days to intensify the exodus of the Muslim minority across the border.

In a statement posted on its Twitter feed, the salvation Army of the Rohingya of the Arakan (ARSA) explains that the truce will end on October 9th at midnight.

Rights groups say more than half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine state have been torched in a campaign by the security forces and Buddhist vigilantes to drive out Muslims.

"If at any stage, the Burmese government is inclined to peace, then Arsa will welcome that inclination and reciprocate", it added, using the former name for Myanmar.

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"The access we have in northern Rakhine state is unacceptable", Mark Lowcock, the head of the UN's humanitarian office, said in Geneva, Switzerland, this week.

Their figure includes the 515,000 who have arrived since August, more than 300,000 Rohingya who were already in Bangladesh, having fled earlier suppression, a contingency for another 91,000 and 300,000 Bangladesh villagers in so-called host communities who also need help.

Bloody riots in 2012 forced over 100,000 Rohingya to flee to refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, where many still live.

The UN has described Myanmar's strategy as "ethnic cleansing".

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The Rohingya muslims are one of the minorities of Burma, a majority buddhist.

Asked about India's position that the Rohingya posed a threat, Haque said there were possibilities of radicalisation wherever there was large-scale movement of people, but Bangladesh had been able to contain the situation so far.

Ms Hasina's assurances on Saturday came as a top United Nations official said that Bangladesh's plan to build the world's biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya was risky because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly.

"When you concentrate too many people into a very small area, particularly the people who are..." "He married a Muslim who took shelter in Bangladesh".

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At the request of the Bangladesh government, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) has agreed to co-ordinate the work of aid agencies and help build shelters at the new camp site.

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