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Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya after they crossed the 'zero line' border zone

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Rohingya refugees collect aid supplies including food and medicine, sent from Malaysia, at Kutupalang Unregistered Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Feb. 15, 2017, VOA
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Aug 28, 2017: Ninety Rohingya migrants have been detained and forcibly returned just hours later and Myanmarese troops on the opposite side of the border had opened fire on people leaving the country, said Police on Sunday.

Police stopped a group of 70 Rohingya after they passed the “zero line” border zone.

Local police chief Abul Khaer said, The villagers were caught approximately four km within Bangladeshi territory on the way to a refugee camp in Kutupalong, where thousands of Rohingya live in a poor state.

“All 70 were detained and later pushed back to Myanmar by the border guards,” Mr. Khaer told AFP.

Police said some of the detained Rohingya had entered Bangladesh through the Ghumdhum border area, where the Myanmar forces released the attack of fire a few hours earlier.

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One policeman on condition of anonymity said, “They were pleading with us not to send them back to Myanmar.”

According to Ariful Islam, a commander with Border Guard Bangladesh(BGB), another group of 20 Rohingya were caught on Sunday and returned after traversing the Naf river, a border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Another border officer, Manzurul Hassan Khan, said that across the border in Rakhine, which is also the breeding ground for religious hatred, a new gunfire could be overheard.

More than hundred people have expired since Friday as numbers of men allegedly from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army(ARSA) surrounded Myanmar police stations with guns, homemade explosives, and knives, annihilating not less than a dozen members of security forces.

Around thousands of Rohingya have retreated towards Bangladesh with an undefined number of people — mostly women and children grounded in the border zone, but officials there have rejected to invade them.

The poverty-stricken country already treats about 400,000 Rohingya refugees.

Abdur Rahman, who is a senior government official told AFP that “Officials in Cox’s Bazar, the district bordering Myanmar, have been directed not to pass any “illegal entry” by Rohingya.”

However, at least 3,000 Rohingya refugees have entered the country as refugees since Friday despite massive border protection.

“They fired so close that I cannot hear anything now,” Mohammad Zafar,70, told about armed Buddhists who shot dead his two sons in a field.

“They came with rods and sticks to drive us to the border yelling, ‘Bengali bastards,'” Zafar told AFP.

Rahima Khatun told AFP, she spent the night lurking in the hills after Buddhists in her settlement ablaze Rohingya home.

“We grew up with them. I can’t figure out how they could be so merciless,” she told AFP.

Despite ages of oppression, the Rohingya extensively abstained from violence.

Although in October, ARSA ambushed a sequence of Myanmar border stations, that left some people dead and drove 87,000 scores to decamp to Bangladesh.

Northern Rakhine was shadowed by disorder since then, with civilians ambushed between militants and security forces.

In Rakhine only, the freshest victims are the six members of a Hindu family. Bullet-riddled bodies of a woman and three were found on Sunday.


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Priyanka Chopra Wants the World to Care and Support Rohingya Refugees

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Cox's Bazar since August 2017, according to the UN.

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Actress and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra, who is on a field visit here, has urged the world to care for and support Rohingya refugees, among whom are a whole lot of children who she says are scarred for life because of their ordeal.

Priyanka on Monday visited Cox’s Bazaar, one of the largest refugee camps in the world, and shared photographs of her experience with Rohingya children, on Instagram.

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017, according to the UN.

“In the second half of 2017, the world saw horrific images of ethnic cleansing from the Rakhine State of Myanmar (Burma). This violence drove nearly 700,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh – 60 per cent are children!

“Many months later they are still highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will ever belong…even worse, when they will get their next meal,” Priyanka wrote.

“And as they finally start to settle and feel a sense of safety, monsoon season looms…threatening to destroy all that they have built so far. This is an entire generation of children that have no future in sight.”

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An Oct. 5, 2017 image taken from a video released by Arakan Rohingya National Organization shows villagers preparing to cross a river towards the Maungdaw township in the Rakhine state that borders Bangladesh.

Priyanka, who had met Syrian refugee children in Jordan last year, says children are at the “forefront of this humanitarian crisis, and they desperately need our help”.

“The world needs to care. We need to care. These kids are our future,” she wrote.

Priyanka also shared a video talking about how the refugees had to travel by foot to enter Bangladesh.

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“Their trip here was filled with many hardships and tremendous danger. Many of them made their journey on foot, walking for days through the hills, then floating across the Naf River or the Bay of Bengal on make shift boats… Many of them injured, pregnant, elderly.

“Their ordeal did not end here, after entering Bangladesh, they would often have to wait for days, sleeping in the open fields with no food or water, for aid workers to reach them. For a lot of the Rohingya children, this ordeal will leave them scarred, physically and emotionally, for the rest of their lives,” she added.

Priyanka asked for helping these children “because right now, their future is bleak”. (BollywoodCountry)