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UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face 'hell on earth'

UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face 'hell on earth'GENEVA (AP) — UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a "hell on earth" in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.



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Europe is Betraying Afghanistan By Sending Its Refugees Home

Europe is Betraying Afghanistan By Sending Its Refugees HomeThousands of Afghans have been returned from Europe only to be killed, injured, or left to live in constant fear



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Sri Lanka remands militant monk for attacking refugees

Sri Lanka remands militant monk for attacking refugeesA Sri Lankan court on Monday remanded in custody a Buddhist monk charged with leading a mob which evicted Rohingya refugees, including 16 children, from a UN-protected shelter.



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Transcripts detail plot to bomb Somali refugees in Kansas

Transcripts detail plot to bomb Somali refugees in KansasWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three men accused of conspiring to bomb a Kansas mosque and an apartment complex housing Somali refugees also allegedly discussed killing the refugees' white landlord because he rented to Muslims, a move prosecutors say was meant to ensure the attack fully conveyed their anti-Muslim message.



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Myanmar says poised to take back 'verified' Rohingya refugees

Myanmar says poised to take back 'verified' Rohingya refugeesMyanmar is poised to begin “verifying” how many of the near half a million Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh it will take back, the Ministry of Information said Thursday, naming land and sea points in restive Rakhine state for their return. Some 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine to Bangladesh since August 25, when militant attacks on sparked an army campaign that the UN says was tantamount to “ethnic cleansing”. Bangladesh, which already hosted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya before the latest crisis, has led the global chorus calling on Myanmar to take back the Rohingya and guarantee their safety.



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Gang rape horrors haunt Rohingya refugees

Gang rape horrors haunt Rohingya refugeesShamila clutches her daughter’s hand so tightly it turns white as she recounts how soldiers broke into her home in Myanmar and gang-raped her in front of her children — a story heard over and over in Bangladesh refugee camps. UN observers say they have seen scores of rape and gang rape survivors among the Rohingya who have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar in recent weeks. Almost all said the perpetrators were men in uniform who they identified as Myanmar military.



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The U.S. Is Giving $32 Million To Assist Rohingya Refugees

The U.S. Is Giving $  32 Million To Assist Rohingya RefugeesThe United States will dispense about $ 32 million in humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya ethnic minority facing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the State Department said Wednesday.



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Puerto Rico opens arms to refugees from Irma's Caribbean chaos

Puerto Rico opens arms to refugees from Irma's Caribbean chaosBy Alvin Baez SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Saddled with economic problems and its own damage from Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico is taking thousands of refugees from the U.S. Virgin Islands whose homes were destroyed by the storm, with a cruise ship carrying up to 2,000 more due to set sail for the U.S. territory on Wednesday. Visibly shaken residents from St. Martin and the Virgin Islands arrived on Tuesday on U.S. military aircraft, bringing tales of terrifying winds and a breakdown of law and order. “The people of Puerto Rico – what big hearts you guys got because our (local) government did nothing – nothing,” said William Vonfabrice, 61, from St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.



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Rohingya refugees overtake 2016 Mediterranean migrant numbers in ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crisis

Rohingya refugees overtake 2016 Mediterranean migrant numbers in ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crisisThe mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burma in just under three weeks is now triple the number of refugees who have tried to enter Europe across the Mediterranean so far this year, leaving aid agencies overwhelmed by the crisis. An estimated 370,000 have escaped from Burma’s northern Rakhine state to overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps since August 25, compared to 128,012 people seeking to cross the Mediterranean since January. International organizations have reported claims of human rights violations and summary executions allegedly carried out by the Myanmar army Credit: EPA Burma’s government has admitted that 176 out of 471 ethnic Rohingya villages are now empty.  Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general,on Wednesday called on authorities in Burma to end the violence against the Rohingya and acknowledged the situation there is best described as ethnic cleansing. Many of the Rohingya fleeing the violence in Myanmar had travelled by boat to find refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh Credit: EPA The humanitarian situation in Burma was "catastrophic," Mr Guterres said, and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid. The Burmese government said on Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip next week's UN General Assembly meetings, and give a domestic speech to address the crisis, amid growing international outrage at her refusal to condemn the killings.  Rohingyas have said their homes were set on fire and family members shot, slashed or burned to death. “This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the past five years, with serious human rights concerns,” a UNHCR spokesperson told the Telegraph. Chris Lom, a UN aid worker in Cox’s Bazar, on the frontline of the humanitarian disaster, said people were “very vulnerable, traumatised,” while relief agencies struggled. “UN agencies and the government were expecting the possibility that as many as 100,000 more people could come across when there were already 600,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh,” he told UN News. Rohingya refugees carry an old man towards the shore of Naf river as people arrive by boats, in Teknaf, Bangladesh Credit: EPA "But I don’t think anyone expected a mass exodus like this, unprecedented in terms of value and speed,” he said. On Wednesday one Red Cross mobile medical team at the makeshift Balukhali camp managed to treat 100 people suffering from diarrhoea, old bullet wounds and burns before its supplies ran out. “No-one expected this explosion of people, and there is unfathomable need. It is beyond the capacity of international actors to scale up this fast,” said Misada Saif of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Isolated rural locations with narrow, muddy roads, made worse by heavy rains and throngs of displaced people present major obstacles to supplying aid. Increasingly desperate refugees, weak from hunger, are clambering onto the few trucks that do get through, trying to claim whatever supplies they can, causing fights to break out. Roland Oliphant: The scale of the Rohingya crisis 'is mindblowing' 00:56 Aid that arrived by air earlier this week would not cover a tenth of refugee needs, said officials, estimating the relief effort would cost at least $ 77m [£58m]. Children being brought to an Action Against Hunger centre are being increasingly diagnosed as malnourished. One mother, Rozia Begum, arrived with her four infant children, after travelling for four days. “I had nothing to give my children, who were so hungry and thirsty they were crying. All I could do was give them river water to drink, even though I knew it was dirty and might make them sick,” she said. Children 'burned alive' say Rohingya refugees 01:48 Another woman, Sara Khatun, grieving the murder of her husband and daughter, said she had been so desperate for food that she had eaten tree bark. The scale of the humanitarian crisis has led to comparisons with the Rwandan exodus of 1994 when over two million people fled to neighbouring countries after a brutal genocide. Nigeria’s government on Tuesday expressed “deep regret” at the “horrendous human suffering” of the Rohingya, adding that it was “very reminiscent of what happened in Rwanda in 1994 and in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1995.” Meanwhile, terrorist group Al Qaeda issued a statement warning Burma it would face “punishment” for its “crimes”, calling for Muslims across the region to help secure Rohingya rights “by force.”



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In setting new limits on refugees, White House freezes out humanitarian agencies

In setting new limits on refugees, White House freezes out humanitarian agenciesEvery year the president sets a limit on the admission of refugees from around the world, in consultation with various government and humanitarian agencies. This year, it’s all happening in the White House — and refugee advocates fear the cap will be at an all-time low.



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