Bangladesh calls on U.N. to set up Rohingya safe zones

Sep 22, 2017, 6:20 AM EDT
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina criticized Myanmar for ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
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Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina criticized ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state and called on Myanmar to set up safe zones for “hungry, distressed and hopeless” refugees.

Bangladesh shelters approximately 800,000 Rohingyas, out of which 450,000 have reached the country over the past three weeks following a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar, notes Al Jazeera.

The U.N. estimates that $200 million will be required in humanitarian aid to sustain homeless Rohingya Muslims over six months, writes Reuters. Aid Agency Save the Children has already warned that Bangladesh could see a huge influx of Rohingya children, with the figure expected to cross 600,000 by the end of the year.