Myanmar made Rohingya refugees spend 6 months without proper shelter, says ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has issued a report on the conditions on the Rohingya refugee camps on the island of Ranong, in Myanmar, saying hundreds of thousands of people have been left without shelter and access to medical treatment. A UN commission into the Rohingya refugee crisis has accused the Myanmar military of committing genocide against the minority Rohingya Muslims. The ICRC’s report released on Friday noted a serious need for further training, among other issues, and said it had asked for help from foreign security officials to ensure an armed security force did not surround or interfere with its operations. The ICRC has done water supply and sanitation projects as well as supplying ambulances, medicines and food to the Rohingya in Bangladesh, the report said.

It’s also difficult for the estimated 300,000 Rohingya living on the land of the former Ittefaq College to move into the mobile camp, which is on the grounds of the school at the former site of a hospital. The area around the site was blocked off, with soldiers at the gate. Residents told The Daily Star, a local Bangladeshi newspaper, that there had been a shoot-to-kill policy in the area.

The ICRC also said there were food shortages and “serious problems” with basic sanitation conditions, including outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhea. Nearly 16,000 Rohingya people had received free treatment for tuberculosis, the report said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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