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USA to provide $32 million in aid to Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

USA to provide $32 million in aid to Rohingya fleeing Myanmar”

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, he said Myanmar was investigating "a problem of significant magnitude". More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 when Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces prompted a military crackdown and reprisals by majority Buddhists.

The violence and the exodus of refugees has brought worldwide condemnation and raised questions about the commitment of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi to human rights, and prospects for Myanmar's political and economic transition.

More than 400,000 Rohingya, many of them women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations - an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

If the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state persists, United Nations agencies estimate the total number of refugees entering Bangladesh may hit one million. The refugees speak of indiscriminate clearance operations, huts set on fire and family members being taken away and never heard from again.

"Keeping the peace requires more than peacekeeping - it requires action, reform and, lastly, it also requires a willingness to call out senseless attacks on innocent people around the world".

"We will be actively removing Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary presidency as a symbol of our opposition to her current position and inaction in the face of genocide", said its General Secretary Mahatir Pasha.

However, the Rohingya crisis was not discussed as Myanmar objected to the proposal, Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez, chairman of the AIPA joint communiqué committee, said in a press conference.

"And now we are witnessing a historic exodus, over 400,000 Rohingya, including tens of thousands of children, have now been forced to flee from Burma to Bangladesh", Pence added.

The Rohingya are widely reviled in the Buddhist-majority country.

Amid growing criticism over Aung San Suu Kyi's inaction to the Rohingya crisis, Unison, one of Britain's largest trade unions, has suspended an award given to her while she was a political prisoner.

It was the strongest USA government response yet to the violence.

The Southeast Asian nation is facing accusations of ethnic cleansing and "savagery" by its security forces.

The conflict is overshadowing Myanmar's historic shift from five decades of direct military rule after Suu Kyi's elected government took office past year.

The latest bout of bloodshed began in August when Rohingya insurgents attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people.

However, the US announced Wednesday almost $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya refugees.



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