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Displaced Rohingyas at risk of re-victimisation: UNHCR


United Nations : The tens of thousands of members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community who fled persecution in north of the country and sought refuge in Bangladesh, remain highly vulnerable and risk being “re-victimised even in exile”, a senior UN refugee protection official has warned.

According to Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates, as of February, some 74,000 Rohingya members were living in camps and makeshift sites in Bangladesh, many in need of adequate shelter before the rainy season starts.

“Without proper support, they also face risks such as child labour, gender-based violence and trafficking,” said Shinji Kubo, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh, in a statement issued by the Office.

While Rohingya displacement has persisted for decades, it made headlines last October when attacks on border posts in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine province triggered a security clearance operation that drove an estimated 43,000 civilians into neighbouring Bangladesh by the year’s end.

In a report issued in February into the violence, the UN human rights wing (OHCHR) had documented serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces.–PTI