Thousands to get cholera vaccine in Bangladesh camps

Rohingya

Rohingya

"I can't take this any more", he told the news agency.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister on Tuesday said that Myanmar was prepared to clear the area inhabited by the Rohingyas at least a month before a rebel attack against security posts on August 25, which led to a military campaign and humanitarian crisis in the region.

To reach Bangladesh, they walked for up to 14 days. He says a target population of more than 650,000 newly arrived Rohingya refugees and host communities over the age of one will be vaccinated in the first round.

So far 15 have been rescued by Bangladesh coast guards and border guards, though authorities say some may have swum to Myanmar.

"Clearly we have to be prepared for more arrivals".

They told AFP the army in Myanmar had prevented them from buying food, making it impossible for them to stay. They waded through marshland before swimming across the Naf river that divides the two countries.

Almost 520,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since late August, many walking for days through thick jungle before making the perilous boat journey across the Naf river.

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In the southern parts of Bangladesh they have joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who were already living in miserable conditions in tightly packed camps. It's over for us here.

The Southeast Asian nation is home to a diverse patchwork of more than 100 ethnic groups but the Rohingya are not recognised as an official ethnicity - a status that renders them stateless.

More than a quarter million Rohingyas left Burma and will confront a wide range of human rights violations, such as forced labour, extortion, and harassment. The majority were children.

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced criticism from the global community for not doing more to stop the violence.

On Tuesday her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), held a peace rally in Yangon attended by around 40,000 people.

"We deeply regret the reaction from global countries based on the news without truth", said the lawmaker.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that under the worlds second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign, 900,000 doses of the vaccines have been mobilised and were being delivered by over 200 mobile vaccination teams in Coxs Bazar. "Wherever there are refugee crises, there is always this crisis of cholera outbreak and so on, because people live in a very crowded position, there is scarcity of services like water, sanitation, and everything", said Sakil Faizullah, a spokesman for UNICEF.

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