000 more Rohingya wait to cross

According to UNICEF, about 2,30,000 refugee child entered in Bangladesh which is 60 percent of Rohingya refugee that have entered in last month. "I can't find my relatives ..."

The exodus had slowed, but in recent days government officials say there have been thousands of fresh arrivals, most coming from parts of Myanmar's Rakhine state that are far from the border with Bangladesh.

Up to 15,000 people joined the demonstrations in Bangladesh's second largest city, police said, organised by hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam to protest against the killings of the Rohingya.

On the Myanmar's home minister's plan for "demographic balance", Mahmood said the Myanmar army was working with Buddhist extremists to execute their plan.

"They pretended like they wanted a war", she said.

"Nobody wants another emergency within this existing emergency that we are facing with the Rohingya refugees here".

The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among almost a million Rohingya now living there. "We have no food and no guarantee of security", said a Rohingya resident of Hsin Hnin Pyar village on the south of the state's Buthidaung district.

A Rohingya refugees walks with a baby in a rice field after crossing the border in Palang Khali, Bangladesh October 9, 2017.

The government denied accusation of ethnic cleansing, and had rebuffed the insurgents' ceasefire, saying it would not negotiate with terrorists.

The Rohingyas are not recognised by Myanmar as its citizens and are called Bengali by them.

"We want to go to Bangladesh".

Gangs of boat owners, crew and fishermen have been charging the fleeing Rohingya upwards of $250 for the two-hour journey that normally costs no more than $5. Majority were coming from the Rakhine state of Myanmar, a far away place from the border of Bangladesh.

President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation in United Kingdom said, "Rohingya are now being starved out of Burma and unless real pressure is put on the government and military to lift aid and movement restrictions most of the Rohingya left in Burma will be forced out within weeks".

He said some 40 people in the boat were adult Rohingya Muslims fleeing their villages in Rakhine.

The United States and Britain have warned Myanmar the crisis is threatening to discredit significant progress made by the country since it began moving away from military rule.

  • Rogelio Becker