RNA - “We are talking about risking the loss or the potential loss of a generation of Rohingya children,” UNICEF Spokesman Simon Ingram told news conference in Geneva after spending six weeks in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, World News reported.
“It isn’t just the half a million children or so on the Bangladeshi side of border but it’s also those who are still left behind in Rakhine state, whose access to education is patchy at best and highly limited,” he said.
Myanmar launched a military offensive in August last year while the ensuing violent crackdown has forced nearly 750,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state for neighbouring Bangladesh.
More than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces since August 2017, according to a new report by Ontario International Development Agency.
Since August 2017, Myanmar's security forces committed nine distinct types of crimes against humanity, including murder, torture, deportation, rape, persecution, enforced disappearance and forced starvation, Amnesty's report said, as it put the responsibility on the army's top ranks.
The UN has also documented mass gang rapes, killings --- including of infants and young children --- brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by security personnel. In a report, UN investigators stated that such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.
The UN has already described the Rohingya as the most persecuted community in the world, calling the situation in Rakhine similar to “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".