Dhaka Aid Embargo Hurting Muslim Rohingya refugees
Blocking humanitarian aid to deter more Rohingya refugees is worsening a wider malnutrition crisis for Burmese Muslim Refugees. The Bangladesh government refuses to formally allow humanitarian assistance into the camp or the surrounding border districts of Ukhia and Teknaf. The majority of the estimated more than 200,000 unregistered Muslim Rohingyas in Bangladesh live in these two districts after fleeing persecution in neighboring Burma, which is predominantly Buddhist. Government officials claim humanitarian aid would create a “pull factor” for other Rohingyas, putting even more pressure on an already strained local labour market.
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