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600,000 Rohingya children may flee to Bangladesh

  • This September 16, 2017 photo shows a doctor of the Bengali Welfare Association running a medical clinic for Rohingya refugees in Jalpatoli refugee camp in the no-man's land area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Gumdhum village in Ukhia. More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in southern Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from violence that the United Nations says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing. But unlike those arriving now, thousands of Rohingya who fled in the early days of the crisis that erupted last month were initially blocked from entering Bangladesh. Too afraid to go back to Myanmar, they set up camp in a small area of no man's land where they have been ever since, waiting for the world to force the country they consider home to take them back. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    This September 16, 2017 photo shows a doctor of the Bengali Welfare Association running a medical clinic for Rohingya refugees in Jalpatoli refugee camp in the no-man's land area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Gumdhum village in Ukhia. More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in southern Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from violence that the United Nations says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing. But unlike those arriving now, thousands of Rohingya who fled in the early days of the crisis that erupted last month were initially blocked from entering Bangladesh. Too afraid to go back to Myanmar, they set up camp in a small area of no man's land where they have been ever since, waiting for the world to force the country they consider home to take them back. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • A Bangladesh border guard stands guard at the Jalpatoli refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in the no-man's land area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Gumdhum village in Ukhia on September 16, 2017. According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar's military in response to attacks by Rohingya rebels. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    A Bangladesh border guard stands guard at the Jalpatoli refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in the no-man's land area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Gumdhum village in Ukhia on September 16, 2017. According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar's military in response to attacks by Rohingya rebels. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Young Rohingya refugees wash themselves at the Jalpatoli refugee camp in the no-man's land area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Gumdhum village in Ukhia on September 16, 2017. According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar's military in response to attacks by Rohingya rebels. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Young Rohingya refugees wash themselves at the Jalpatoli refugee camp in the no-man's land area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Gumdhum village in Ukhia on September 16, 2017. According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar's military in response to attacks by Rohingya rebels. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • A Rohingya Muslim boy walks past discarded clothing on the ground at the Bhalukali refugee camp near Ukhia on September 16, 2017.
According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar's military in response to attacks by Rohingya rebels. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    A Rohingya Muslim boy walks past discarded clothing on the ground at the Bhalukali refugee camp near Ukhia on September 16, 2017. According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar's military in response to attacks by Rohingya rebels. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Monsoon rain amid a drive to move hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya out of makeshift camps added to the misery of the refugees on September 17 who have fled violence in Myanmar for Bangladesh. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Monsoon rain amid a drive to move hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya out of makeshift camps added to the misery of the refugees on September 17 who have fled violence in Myanmar for Bangladesh. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya Muslim refugees protect themselves from rain in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017.
Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya Muslim refugees protect themselves from rain in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya Muslim refugees cross floodwater in Thyangkhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Ukhia on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya Muslim refugees cross floodwater in Thyangkhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Ukhia on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • A Rohingya Muslim refugee carries a rice bag along a road near Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017.
Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    A Rohingya Muslim refugee carries a rice bag along a road near Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • A Rohingya Muslim refugee child walks through Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    A Rohingya Muslim refugee child walks through Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya refugees build a new makeshift shelters in the refugee camp of Thyangkhali near the Bangladeshi village of Gumdhum, on September 18, 2017. 
More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in Bangladesh from their Buddhist dominated homeland to escape violence that the United Nations says could be ethnic cleansing. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya refugees build a new makeshift shelters in the refugee camp of Thyangkhali near the Bangladeshi village of Gumdhum, on September 18, 2017. More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in Bangladesh from their Buddhist dominated homeland to escape violence that the United Nations says could be ethnic cleansing. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya Muslim refugee children sit inside a school in Leda refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 18, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The exodus of Rohingya refugees from mainly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh has sparked a humanitarian emergency. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya Muslim refugee children sit inside a school in Leda refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 18, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The exodus of Rohingya refugees from mainly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh has sparked a humanitarian emergency. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya Muslim refugees wait with their children for a consultation at a clinic run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Leda refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 18, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The exodus of Rohingya refugees from mainly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh has sparked a humanitarian emergency. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya Muslim refugees wait with their children for a consultation at a clinic run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Leda refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 18, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The exodus of Rohingya refugees from mainly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh has sparked a humanitarian emergency. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for a consultation outside a clinic run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Leda refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 18, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The exodus of Rohingya refugees from mainly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh has sparked a humanitarian emergency. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for a consultation outside a clinic run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Leda refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 18, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The exodus of Rohingya refugees from mainly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh has sparked a humanitarian emergency. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Rohingya Muslim refugee children run after a distribution of supplies at Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladehsi district of Ukhia on September 19, 2017.
Aung San Suu Kyi said September 19 she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account but refusing to blame the military for violence that has driven some 421,000 of the Muslim minority out of her country. In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York -- delivered entirely in English and aimed squarely at an international audience -- she called for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her "fragile democracy". AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Rohingya Muslim refugee children run after a distribution of supplies at Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladehsi district of Ukhia on September 19, 2017. Aung San Suu Kyi said September 19 she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account but refusing to blame the military for violence that has driven some 421,000 of the Muslim minority out of her country. In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York -- delivered entirely in English and aimed squarely at an international audience -- she called for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her "fragile democracy". AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • A young Rohingya refugee shelters from the rain with an umbrella while sitting at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 19, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar on September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. AFP/ Dominique Faget

    A young Rohingya refugee shelters from the rain with an umbrella while sitting at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 19, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar on September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. AFP/ Dominique Faget

  • Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladehsi district of Ukhia on September 19, 2017. Aung San Suu Kyi said September 19 she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account but refusing to blame the military for violence that has driven some 421,000 of the Muslim minority out of her country. In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York -- delivered entirely in English and aimed squarely at an international audience -- she called for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her "fragile democracy". AFP/ Dominique Faget

    Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladehsi district of Ukhia on September 19, 2017. Aung San Suu Kyi said September 19 she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account but refusing to blame the military for violence that has driven some 421,000 of the Muslim minority out of her country. In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York -- delivered entirely in English and aimed squarely at an international audience -- she called for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her "fragile democracy". AFP/ Dominique Faget