More Than Half Of Rohingya Refugees Fleeing Myanmar Are Children, UNICEF Reports; NGOs Express Concern Over Government’s Takeover Of Aid Operations

The Guardian: ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding as Myanmar takes over aid efforts in Rakhine state
“The Myanmar government has taken control of aid operations in the country’s crisis-hit Rakhine state, as reports continue of massacres and ‘ethnic cleansing’ by soldiers on the Muslim population there. Senior officials and Human Rights Watch have told the Guardian they believe the move could become permanent, ending vital food and health programs run by international agencies…” (Stoakes, 9/15).

Quartz: More than half the refugees fleeing Myanmar are children
“The number of people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the last three weeks has now crossed 400,000, according to the United Nations. If that’s not bad enough, here’s something even more troubling — the majority of them are children…” (Lahiri, 9/18).

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-supported campaign to immunize 150,000 Rohingya children against deadly diseases
“…According to a news release by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the agency and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) are supporting the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health-led campaign targeting measles, rubella, and polio to inoculate some 150,000 Rohingya children below the age of fifteen in 68 refugee settlements near the country’s border with Myanmar…” (9/17).

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