Cox's Bazar, September 1: Since the violence erupted in Myanmar, a large number of refugees are flying to Bangladesh. Resembling the situation of refugees in Libya, bodies of 20 Rohingya Muslims were pulled out of a river Thursday along the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh. Among them 12 were children. The refugee boat overturned in in the Naf River on the Bangladesh side.
The recent clash erupted in last week started from Rohingya insurgents’ attack on security force of the Myanmar. The incident prompted the anti-Rohingya sentiment of Buddhist. Following the incident, thousands of refugees are trying to fly to Bangladesh to seek security. Many of them are trying to cross Naf River with overcrowded boats when they don’t know how to navigate in water.
"Nobody knew how to navigate the sea waters. When huge waves tilted the boat, we panicked," Shah Karim, a survivor of the drowned boat said.
UN already called for a humanitarian help for the community and urged Bangladesh to give shelter to them. Meanwhile, Indonesia has provided a two million U.S. dollar humanitarian assistance to the Rakhine state of Myanmar.