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Over 123,000 Rohingya Refugees Flee Violence in Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence engulfing their homes in Myanmar walk for days in search of safety in Bangladesh.

Smoke billows above what is believed to be a burning village in Myanmar's Rakhine state as members of the Rohingya Muslim minority take shelter in a no-man's land between Bangladesh and Myanmar in Ukhia on Sept. 4, 2017.

Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state since the violence began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Myanmar authorities on Tuesday to end violence against Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state, warning of the risk of ethnic cleansing and regional destabilization.

 

 

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Rohingya Muslims make their way through muddy water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh on Sept. 1.

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Rohingya refugees stand in an open area during heavy rain as they are held by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after crossing the border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh on Aug. 31.

Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest and most crowded nations, plans to go ahead with work to develop an isolated, flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar, officials say.

Dhaka says the Rohingya are not welcome, and has told border guards to push back those trying to enter the country illegally. But close to 125,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh in just 10 days, joining more than 400,000 others already living there in cramped makeshift camps.

 

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A Rohingya boy carries a child in the mud after crossing the border in Teknaf, Bangladesh on Sept. 

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An injured elderly woman and her relatives rush to a hospital on an auto rickshaw, near the border town of Kutupalong, Bangladesh on Sept. 4. The woman encountered a landmine that blew off her right leg while trying to cross into Bangladesh.

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A Rohingya woman crosses a barbwire fence near Ukhia, near the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, as she flees violence on Sept. 4.

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Refugees walk through rice fields after crossing the border into Bangladesh near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area on Sept. 5.

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A Rohingya family reaches the Bangladesh border after crossing a creek of the Naf river on the border with Myanmmar, in Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area on  Sept. 5.

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A member of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) tells a Rohingya girl not to enter the Bangladesh side of the border in Cox's Bazar on Aug. 27.

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A new Rohingya refugee woman looks on as she waits near the Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Aug. 30.

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Displaced Rohingya women and children sit in a makeshift shelter in a mountain in Ukhia between Bangladesh and Myanmar on Sept. 4.

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Rohingya refugees build new shelter near the Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 4.

Makeshift camps in Cox's Bazar, in southeast Bangladesh, have grown so rapidly they have run out of space - even for the tiny tarpaulin and bamboo shacks the Rohingya refugees typically throw together.

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A Rohingya refugee holds a baby after arriving at a refugee camp near the Bagladeshi town of Teknaf on Sept. 5.

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Newly arrived refugees scuffle for food rations distributed by Bangladeshi volunteers near Cox's Bazar's Gundum area on Sept. 3.

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Refugees reach for food distributed by Bangladeshi volunteers.

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A refugee girl cooks a meal in an open place near Balukhali in Cox's Bazar on Sept. 4.

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A child kisses his mother as they rest after having crossed over from Myanmar to the Bangladesh side of the border near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area on Sept. 2.

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