Myanmar/Bangladesh – Rakhine Conflict (DG ECHO, Partners, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 13 September 2017)
Commissioner Stylianides announced a EUR 3 million allocation for the victims of this crisis.
More than 379,000 refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 August. This corresponds to approximately one third of the estimated Rohingya population in Myanmar.
There are worrying reports about extensive burnings of several villages in Rathedaung (central Rakhine). According to the State Secretary, all three camps in Rathedaung (3500 people) are now empty. Unverified reports indicate that nearly all of the Muslim population in Ratheduang could be displaced.
State media reports that approximately 1400 displaced ethnic Rakhine, located in temporary shelters in Maungdaw, have been assisted to return home.
Resumption of services in central Rakhine remains heavily constrained. Only one sub-rural health centre has reopened so far. Issues with travel authorizations (preventing international staff from travelling to camps) and reluctance of private transport providers are hindering partner’s capacity to refer patients to the Sittwe General Hospital.
Food assistance distributions in central Rakhine for approximately 50,000 people in fifteen IDP camps resumed on 12 September.
In Bangladesh, the Prime Minister visited the refugee camps. He asked the international community to tell Myanmar to take back all Rohingyas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising a visit for ambassadors today. Biometric registration of new arrivals had started, initially for all those who arrived since 25 August, and subsequently to all Rohingyas in the country.