Rohingya refugee numbers in Bangladesh skyrocket

Fleeing Rohingya refugees pause to rest at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. (AN photo)
Updated 04 September 2017

Rohingya refugee numbers in Bangladesh skyrocket

DHAKA: “I can’t believe I’m still alive,” said Abdur Rahman, a 46-year-old Rohingya who fled Chikon Jhuria village in Rakhine state, Myanmar.
“The army suddenly attacked our village at around 9 a.m. The whole village was burned down. Me, my wife and our 4-year-old boy took shelter in the adjacent jungle. My mother and two uncles were shot dead by the army.”
It took four days for Abdur Rahman, his wife and son to reach Ukhia refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Rahela Begum, 29, said it took her three days “without any food or even water” to reach the camp. “I don’t know what awaits me here. I only know that I’m safe,” she said.
This is a glimpse of the suffering of Rohingya Muslim refugees. Since Aug. 25, some 60,000 have escaped from Rakhine to Bangladesh, according to the UN.
Local reports say there are at least 10,000 more people waiting at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
“I’ve never witnessed such a big number of Rohingya refugees within such a short span of time,” said Ataur Rahman, a member of the Bangladesh Borders Guard.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is struggling to provide basic humanitarian support for the rapidly rising number of refugees, an IOM staff member said on condition of anonymity.
Local Bangladeshis are trying to help, but “the situation is so grave that Bangladesh can’t handle it anymore by itself,” said a government official on condition of anonymity.
“The international community and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) need to come up with emergency aid.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the US to pressure Myanmar’s government to stop atrocities against the Rohingya.


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 10 December 2019

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.