Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Protesters try to block Rohingya aid

Protesters try to block Rohingya aid

Burma's army chief called on Thursday for people internally displaced by violence in Arakan State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his forces' operations.

He said an elderly person and a toddler were killed when the elephants rampaged through the area.

The money - reappropriated from existing funds in the State Department - brings the total USA aid to $95 million.

The president said the government of Myanmar should understand that forcing people out of their homeland and driving them to other countries do not resolve this deep-rooted crisis.

Suu Kyi's stance has disheartened human rights groups who had campaigned for her freedom during the Nobel Peace Prize winner's 15 years under house arrest by a military junta. This hostile view of Rohingyas came to be formalised under Myanmar's erstwhile military junta.

The U.S. aid package - the first major response from the Trump administration to the situation - will include food, medical supplies, water and emergency shelter, along with other support.

The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

The West Bengal government had earlier planned to hand over United Nations refugee cards to the 24 children, but the programme at the Liluah home was cancelled after the Centre sent the missive to deport the Rohingyas.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence accused the Myanmar military of responding to militant attacks "with bad savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes".

South Korea plans to provide the aid through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help the refugees in Bangladesh, it also said.

"We need to understand the reality that Rohingyas from Myanmar who have entered India are not refugees".

"The global community and particularly the OIC should take all measures to make the government of Myanmar put an immediate end to the violence against the Rohingya Muslim community and bring those responsible for the atrocities to justice".

Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on September 19 made her first national address on the recent Rohingya crisis, in which more than 400,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 25.

"Emphasising that no country in the world allows illegal migrants, Madhav said,".no politics or religion is involved in this issue.

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