Over half a million refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, with no let-up in the influx, since Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces in western Myanmar's Rakhine State on Aug 25.
"They arrive exhausted, hungry and usually with nothing more than the clothes on their back, having walked for days and then braved a unsafe river or sea crossing".
Villagers at Shah Porir Dwip where the boats mostly land told AFP the Rohingya were increasingly travelling at night to avoid strict border patrols in Bangladesh, making the journey even more risky.
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In this latest incident of refugee boat capsize, more than half of the victims were children as stated by the police chief of the border town of Teknaf, Mian Uddin.
A vessel carrying Rohingya overturned near the coast of Bangladesh, resulting in the deaths of at least a dozen people.
Across the border in Myanmar, hundreds of Rohingya were massed on the riverbank awaiting the opportunity to leave. But even as refugees arrive, Bangladesh insists they will all have to go home. It's over for us here. In 1982, a controversial law stripped citizenship from the Rohingya, officially making them stateless. Villagers, however, say that Rohingya are still attempting to leave and that many are gathered on the beaches just across the water from Bangladesh waiting for a chance to leave the country. The majority were children.
Buddhist monks, Christian nuns, Hindus and Muslims were among those who joined the gathering in a display of support for government leader Aung San Suu Kyi's handling of the crisis in Rakhine.
On Tuesday her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), held a peace rally in Yangon attended by around 40,000 people.
Numerous villages near Buthidaung municipality in Rakhine state have not received humanitarian assistance since the military crackdown in late August, the Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) said. "And also we have mental health components, so by this mental health component we're going to cover 30,000 persons under these mental health services", said Muhammad Mehedi, field co-cordinator for Action Against Hunger.
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Although cholera, a virulent form of diarrhoea that can kill within 36 hours if left untreated, is yet to be detected in the camps, health groups warn there is a high risk...