22 February 2018

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08/31/2017 BANGLADESH

Two Rohingya boats capsize near Cox's Bazar: 19 bodies recovered

The boats were full of women and children. The refugees were trying to reach Bangladesh. Thousands are blocked in No Man’s Land between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Myanmar does not want Muslims; Bangladesh rejects them. For Christian activist, people must “show generosity.”

Dhaka (AsiaNews) – The bodies of at least 19 people were pulled from the Teknaf River, at Cox's Bazar, on the south-eastern tip of Bangladesh, after their boats capsized.

The latter were carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar following a week of fighting between Myanmar soldiers and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Eight were women and  11 were  children.

The boats were making their way to Bangladesh, said lieutenant colonel Ariful Islam, of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The dead were part of a wave of refugees trying to cross the border in the past few days.

The Rohingya are a Muslim group of Bengali origin but have lived for generations in Myanmar. However, the country’s authorities have refused to grant them any rights or citizenship.

Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Mohammad Ali Hossain told journalists that “if no one comes to claim the bodies, they will be buried by the police in accordance to [established] funeral rites.”

Human rights activists claim that some 10,000 Rakhine residents have already abandoned their homes and more than 7,000 Rohingya have fled to the Bangladesh border.

In a report released yesterday, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said that up to 18,000 people have crossed the border since violence broke out.

International media report that about 4,000 Rohingya are stuck in the border area between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the public to show sensitivity towards the refugees. Yet, it is her government that has refused them entry.

Speaking to AsiaNews, Nirmol Rozario, president of the Bangladesh Christian Association (BC), condemned “the persecution of the Rohingya. We ask that the government and people show generosity.”

“We also condemn the killings,” he added. “The Myanmar government must solve the issue in a peaceful manner”.

According to Myanmar, ARSA fighters are “Bengali terrorists”.

See also

11/09/2017 11:00:00 MYANMAR
Rakhine, government rejects the ceasefire offered by Rohingya militants

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's spokesman: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) announces the truce until 9 October for humanitarian purposes. Army: Nearly 400 Islamic militants have been killed so far. The exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. The displaced among the ethnic groups are 30,000.

09/10/2017 09:58:00 BANGLADESH
Boat packed with Rohingya refugees capsizes: 12 dead, mostly children

There were 100 people on it, 40 adults. Exodus of Myanmar’s Muslims continues. Since August 150 died trying to reach Bangladesh through the Naf river.

10/04/2011 VATICAN
Christians confused and doubtful about resurrection, says Pope, but Christ breaks down wall of death
The human heart extends beyond this wall 'that prevents us from seeing beyond. " Jesus Christ is "the real news that breaks and overcomes all barriers." Christ also defeats the "spiritual death that is sin and which threatens to ruin the life of every man."

19/12/2007 VATICAN
Pope: “if we do not recognise that God became man, what sense is there in celebrating Christmas?
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15/05/2014 KOREA
Hurting over S Korean ferry sinking, Christians and Buddhists hold vigils and prayer to comfort each other
Catholics, Protestants and Buddhists have set up a camp near the port on Jindo Island not far from where the Sewol ferry sunk with 476 people on board. As families continue to wait for news about those still missing, they find comfort in prayer and listening. The government charges the captain and three officers, whilst the head of the ferry company is holed up at home, surrounded by members of his 'Salvation Sect'.

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