No more space for new refugees at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Published: 04:24 GMT, Sep 25, 2017 |

Refugee camps housing Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh are becoming increasingly cramped, leaving no space for new refugees who are still fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar.

Newly-arrived refugees on Sunday (September 24) said that it was difficult to find available space to put up tents, as the only space now available is far from where aid is being distributed or at risk of attacks from wild animals.

Wild elephants trampled to death two Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh on Monday (September 18) when they rampaged through a settlement where refugees were taking shelter.

Bangladeshi authorities say they aim to move everyone out of so-called spontaneous sites, usually beside roads, into one big camp where aid supplies can be properly distributed.

The violence in western Myanmar began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents attacked around 30 police posts and an army camp, killing around 12 people. Myanmar dismisses accusations of ethnic cleansing, saying it has to tackle the insurgents, whom it accuses of setting fires and attacking civilians as well as the security forces.

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