Bangladesh to build new settlements for Rohingya Muslims

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Since the end of August, a new wave of violence in the Rakhine state has prompted more than 410,000 Rohingyas to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

The crisis has drawn sharp criticism from around the world.

The UN estimated earlier this month that 1000 Rohingyas had been killed, however Bangladesh authorities reported the death toll as being close to 3000. The event was organized by former Concordia student Majed Jam, who said his primary goals were to inspire action and raise awareness about the plight of the Rohingya.

Satellite images show up to 80 sites have been burning in the Rakhine state since August 25, Amnesty International says, and they suspect entire villages have been razed to the ground.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die due to a lack of food, shelter and water available for the huge numbers of them fleeing violence in Myanmar, Save the Children warned.

A Rohingya refugee woman wraps her child with a scarf in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on September 17, 2017.

According to the statement, in central Rakhine, around 120,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) remain in camps where they are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance for their survival, owing to restrictions on their movements.

Bangladesh sheltering Rohingyas for votes, says Nasreen.

With thousands more Rohingya arriving each day, the United Nations is already warning of intolerable conditions in the camps around Cox's Bazar.

International Federation of the Red Cross spokeswoman Corinne Ambler told the ABC of the deplorable conditions.

"I hope that as leaders' wives, we can rally humanitarian efforts to contribute positively to the process and thus mobilize the global community", she said, according to a statement from the Presidency.

"Wall-to-wall human suffering, that's what it is".

The Government had earlier chose to suspend issuing visas for tourists from Myanmar following fears that Rohingya Muslims may attempt to enter Sri Lanka to seek refuge.

"As this was happening I kept thinking that world leaders would speak out against these atrocities, yet there was a deafening silence, while in Myanmar people were dying", Khan said.

"The crimes against humanity, the ethnic cleansing for which the government of Burma is responsible, are like nothing I've witnessed before with human beings essentially treated like animals".

The government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and accused it of lighting the fires itself and attacking civilians. More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled their homes.

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