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Rohingya Refugees Face Ongoing Food Insecurity, Threat From Monsoon Rains

VOA News: Rohingya Refugees Face Malnutrition
“…More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims arrived in Bangladesh last year from neighboring Myanmar, escaping what the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s army, an allegation Myanmar denies. Upon arrival in Bangladesh, many of the refugees were destitute, starving after fleeing army attacks on their villages. But nearly nine months later, hunger persists for the Rohingya in Bangladesh, even though aid groups hold regular food distributions…” (Patinkin, 5/4).

Washington Post: Rohingya refugees who fled massacres in Burma face another lethal force: The monsoon
“…Now the Rohingya face another threat. The Bangladeshi camps — carved out of jungle — have become overcrowded slums of flimsy shelters teetering on steep, unstable slopes. Aid groups warn that the approaching storm seasons could prove deadly. Last year, before the latest influx of refugees, a cyclone damaged 70 percent of the shelters in the camps…” (Patinkin, 5/4).

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