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A Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing — Rohingya

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A Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing — Rohingya

The group of volunteers prepared and delivered food to over 30,000 refugees in the area.

Meanwhile, the stream of refugees into Bangladesh continues and the Myanmar military is thought to have laid landmines along the border, making the journey even more dangerous.

Yesterday, more than 2000 people joined faith organisations, including the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum, the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative and the Worker's International Organisation, to hand over a memorandum to the government to put pressure on Myanmar.

Ms Suu Kyi was due to attend the UN General Assembly in New York next week, but has cancelled her visit to deal with the crisis.

Suu Kyi has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of a crisis that has shocked the international community. Instead, they blame the insurgents.

Myanmar has accused the Rohingya of burning their own homes and villages - a claim the UN human rights chief criticised as a "complete denial of reality".

Prior to the current wave of violence, Myanmar's population of Rohingya was estimated to number about 1 million.

UN officials acknowledge they were taken by surprise by the scope of the exodus.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane reached Chittagong on Thursday with 50 metric tonnes of relief assistance for the lakhs of Rohingya refugees who have fled the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine province for Bangladesh.

Al Qaeda has called on Islamists to rise up and "punish" Buddhist Myanmar for its deadly security crackdown against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, US-based terrorist tracking group SITE Intelligence reported on Wednesday.

Fellow Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, had called on Suu Kyi to stop the violence.

The crisis has drawn global condemnation, with UN officials demanding Myanmar halt what they described as a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has driven nearly 400,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the council's press statement, which followed closed-door consultations, was the first statement the U.N.'s most powerful body has made in nine years on the situation in Myanmar.