A group of international advisers has warned that the coming monsoon season could result in “enormous deaths” among persecuted Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in overcrowded refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is worried about the fate of 56 Rohingya refugees sailing on a Malaysia-bound boat in stormy waters off Thailand, as indications suggest that overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh may prompt more Rohingya Muslims to embark on similar journeys across the Andaman Sea.
The United Nations has launched an appeal for nearly one billion dollar to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, stressing the importance of establishing conditions for securing the safe return of those displaced.
The government in Bangladesh is rapidly pushing a controversial plan to relocate some 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar to an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, where they may be stranded forever.
The number of refugees and asylum seekers living in food poverty in Britain has soared by 20 percent in a year, as thousands are left destitute even after being granted protection in the UK, The Independent can reveal.
Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine state, state media reported on Monday, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal.
At least eight people died and 86 others were rescued after a rubber dinghy starting sinking in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, according to the Italian coast guard, which said a search was continuing to find any more survivors.