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Aid agency launches Rohingya appeal

Thousands of Rohingya refugees, many of them children, face starvation without international action

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Save the Children has called on the international community to fund a $77 million dollar emergency appeal to help the thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh.

The charity has warned there could be more than 600,000 children in urgent need of aid by the end of the year.

The chief of Refugee International Eric Paul Schwartz, also wants sanctions against Myanmar’s military.

“I believe that in situations like this, the sternest and strongest measures must be taken. Our values demand it and our interest demand it. There ought to be multilateral sanctions against the Burmese military, there ought to be an arms embargo, there ought to be a referral of the situation in Burma to the International Criminal Court. The United States should re-impose the sanctions that have been lifted over the past several years. I’s hard to overestimate how dramatic the abuses, how widespread the abuses have been in Burma (Myanmar).”

Nearly 410,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority who have fled from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state are facing severe shortages of food water and shelter. Aid agencies are waning that many could die without help. The United Nations has branded the military offensive against what they called “terrorists” as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.