The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Friday said as many as 100,000 Muslim Rohingyas may have amassed near Myanmar’s border to join the 515,000 refugees who have already fled to Bangladesh.
The spokesman of the UN organisation, Joel Millman, said some 2,000 new arrivals per day are currently being recorded in the Bangladeshi coastal town of Cox’s Bazar.
“The thousands of potential new refugees are waiting to cross the border from Buthidaung, a township in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state,’’ he said, citing observers in the area.
The exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh started in late August, when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Rakhine, triggering a major security operation by the government of the Buddhist-majority country.
Various UN officials and bodies have expressed alarm over violations that were allegedly committed as part of this operation, including ethnic cleansing, killings, rape and forced displacement.
“The UN has requested 430 million dollars to scale up relief efforts for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
“Many of those arriving in Cox’s Bazar are malnourished, over 200,000 urgently need food aid, including 145,000 children,’’ the IOM said.