The United Nations has lamented that it presently lacks the resources to handle the Rohingya crisis, saying the numbers are immense and keep growing.
Abandoned by their government, more than two hundred and seventy thousand Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar by crossing into Bangladesh over the past two weeks, bringing with them harrowing tales of murder, rape and burned villages.
Myanmar’s army has previously said it had killed 387 Rohingya “fighters”, blaming the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army for the latest round of violence that began last month.
Fleeing Rohingya refugees have however accused the country’s security forces of responding with a campaign of arson and murder in a bid to force them out of Myanmar.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of the risk of ethnic cleansing, appealing to the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s security forces to end the violence.