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Myanmar Muslim refugees facing extreme hardship in India

By Munawar Zaman
Press TV
May 5, 2014


The Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar over increasing violence against them are facing a humanitarian crisis at camps in India, Press TV reports.


Hundreds of Rohingya refugees are camping out on the outskirts of the Indian capital, New Delhi.


A Press TV correspondent who visited one of the camps in New Delhi says the refugees suffer from lack of food and medicine.


The hardship faced by the Rohingya refugees seems to be so severe that even the aid program by the United Nations refugee agency cannot alleviate it.


“We are facing extreme hardship especially when someone gets sick. In recent weeks, we lost one of our brothers due to lack of medical help,” Mohamad Haroon, a refugee, told Press TV.


Sakuara Begum, a woman refugee, also said, “We don’t get help from anyone. We are facing extreme hardship. My father died recently as he was sick and we couldn’t afford medicine for him. We are in desperate need of food and medicine for our children. If the condition like this continues for a long time, our family will die of hunger.” 


The refugees have been forced to leave their homeland Myanmar over ongoing violence against them there.


Many see the violence as an ethnic cleansing backed by the Myanmar government.


Reports say hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are suffering from a severe shortage of food and drinking water. Humanitarian aid deliveries have slowed down in Rakhine State as a result of an escalation in sectarian violence.


Hundreds of people – most of them Rohingyas – have been killed in Myanmar since the outbreak of the sectarian violence back in 2012.


According to the UN, the Rohingya Muslims are one of the world’s most persecuted communities.


The Myanmar government has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups for failing to protect the Rohingyas.