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70,000 new and expectant mothers among Rohingya influx: Bangladesh

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Abdul Kareem, a Rohingya Muslim man, carries his mother, Alima Khatoon, to a refugee camp after crossing over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, at Teknaf, Bangladesh. After a series of attacks by Muslim militants in August, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of homes in the enclaves of the predominantly Buddhist nation where the Rohingya live. (AP)

DHAKA, Sept 19, (AFP): Bangladesh said Monday there were 70,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers among the wave of Rohingya refugees who have entered the country after fleeing violence from Myanmar in the past three weeks.

The UN says 415,000 civilians from the Rohingya Muslim minority have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug 25, overwhelming refugee camps near the border that were unprepared for the sudden influx. The majority of those crossing have been women and children, with aid agencies warning of an unfolding humanitarian crisis as authorities struggle to provide basic facilities for the desperate civilians. In a briefing on the relief effort Monday, Information Minister Hasanul Haq said a huge number — roughly one in six — of the new arrivals living in the camps were expectant or new mothers. “Special care has been undertaken for 70,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers,” Haq told reporters.

The United Nations has warned of intolerable conditions in camps around the border town of Cox’s Bazar. Haq added that roughly 16,000 toilets have been built across the sprawling camps to improve woeful sanitation standards, and check-posts erected to ensure security for those camping in open spaces.

The minister ruled out a military solution to the crisis, deflecting calls from hardline Islamists for Bangladesh to defend the persecuted Muslim minority. At least 20,000 hardliners rallied in Dhaka on Monday demanding an end to the “genocide” being perpetrated against the Rohingya, a reviled minority denied citizenship inside Myanmar.

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