Government will continue to help Rohingya: Bangladesh PM

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Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says her government will continue to support nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighbouring Myanmar to escape violence.

Hasina says the government is pursuing a plan to build temporary shelters for them on an island with the help of international aid agencies.

The prime minister said Bangladesh would provide food and shelter for the Rohingyas. “If need be, we will eat a full meal once a day and share the other with them,” she said.

She made the statement on Saturday at Dhaka airport on her return from New York after attending the UN General Assembly session. The UN has described the violence in Myanmar as “ethnic cleansing”.

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed over to Bangladesh since late August, when Myanmar security forces responded to militant attacks with a broad crackdown that witnesses and rights groups say has included killing and arson. An equal number of Rohingya Muslims have previously fled Myanmar since 1978.

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