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UN flags plight of ‘forgotten’ Rohingya children in central Rakhine

12 25 19

SOME 60,000 children are “trapped” in appalling conditions in refugee camps in central Rakhine State of Burma (Myanmar), the United Nations Children’s Fund said this week, their plight overshadowed by the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Bangladesh.

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that while the “eyes of the world” were on Cox’s Bazar – the site to where more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since August 25 last year – there was a massive population of “nearly forgotten” children in the central Rakhine camps.

“The Rohingya children who do remain in rural areas are almost totally isolated. We hear of high levels of toxic fear in children from both Rohingya and Rakhine communities,” said Mercado, who visited Burma for almost a month in December and........

© Asian Correspondent