Bangladesh police hunt man who married Rohingya refugee

"We [UK] are keen to continue support for the displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh", he added.

In 1992, Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement with the then Myanmar's military regime, following which 236,599 Rohingyas returned to their homeland.

In 2014 Dhaka banned marriages between Bangladeshis and Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim refugees following claims that members of the persecuted community were attempting to Wednesday to gain citizenship in the mainly Muslim nation. "And also we have mental health components, so by this mental health component we're going to cover 30,000 persons under these mental health services", said Muhammad Mehedi, field co-cordinator for Action Against Hunger. While Suu Kyi has been an outspoken defender of civil rights and pushed for democratic reforms under the military government of Myanmar, the plight of the Rohingya has not been adequately addressed, he said. Five of the dead were children. Including Sunday's capsizing, boat accidents have killed at least 155 Rohingya trying to reach Bangladesh.

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority who have long faced persecution in Myanmar, which regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

"Many show signs of malnutrition", the IOM statement said. "He was in a state of shock when he realized that his son had breathed his last during the journey on the boat", the photographer said.

More than half a million refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing a military crackdown that followed attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts.

Bangladesh is now sheltering 507,000 Rohingya refugees in the country.

Terming the influx of Rohingya people into Bangladesh a humanitarian crisis, Lord Ahmad said the United Kingdom government will pledge 30 million pounds in support of the refugees.

Myanmar has come under worldwide criticism for failing to stop the recent violence in its Rakhine state and in turn an exodus that has become the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades.

A senior Bangladeshi minister said yesterday that the government would allow more Rohingya to cross the border. A lot of them were coming from the Rakhine state of Myanmar, a far away place from the border of Bangladesh.

The United Nations has started administering cholera vaccines to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as part of one its biggest cholera vaccination drives.

  • Leroy Wright