Myanmar mob attacks aid shipment bound for Rohingya area

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation in Naypyitaw Myanmar Sept 19 2017. Reuters

The United States will contribute almost $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.

The United Nations has branded the military operation as ethnic cleansing.

This August 30, 2017 photo shows a Rohingya man carrying his mother in Ukhiya after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Almost 40,000 of the refugees over the years have fled and settled in India, while around 16,000 are registered with the UN's refugee agency.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy said Friday that the response from Myanmar's security forces to attacks by Muslim Rohingya militants in late August was "disproportionate".

Since Aug. 25, more than 420,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN. "Myanmar does not fear global scrutiny and is committed to bring a sustainable solution that will bring peace, stability and development for all communities within that state". She also claimed that there had been no acts of violence or village clearances since 5 September, which has been widely disputed.

Johnson also came under fire after describing Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize holder, as "one of the most inspiring figures of our age", despite the atrocities happening on her watch.

"If you are interested in joining us in our endeavours, please let us know", she told foreign diplomats gathered for her speech. "We want to talk to those that have fled, as well as those who have stayed".

In her first national address on the crisis Suu Kyi said most Muslims had stayed in Myanmar, indicating the situation was not as severe as reports suggests, insisting she does not "fear worldwide scrutiny". We would like to talk to those who have fled as well as those who have stayed.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said yesterday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home.

"400,000 Rohingya refugees took shelter in Bangladesh, in addition to 400,000 living in B'desh for decades", Ali said.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY, where the crisis is among the pressing issues facing world leaders. The military met the attack with disproportionate force, incinerating villages and driving waves of men, women, and children across the border to Bangladesh, to refugee camps that lack basic necessities.

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