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Myanmar tries to reassure the world over refugee crisis

Myanmar tries to reassure the world over refugee crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Myanmar is trying to reassure the world about its handling of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played down claims of atrocities and blamed "a huge iceberg of misinformation" for complicating the conflict.

"We are committed to ensuring that aid is received by all those in need, without discrimination", Van Thio said.

"Most have no money, no food, no clean water, no shelter and don't speak the language", IOM's Asia-Pacific spokesman Chris Lom told Reuters from the Bangladeshi border district of Cox's Bazar. "We - the humanitarian agencies on the ground - are now a long way from being able to provide this, given the numbers and the speed at which people have arrived and continue to arrive". The Rohingya are widely reviled in the Buddhist-majority country.

In 2015, a crackdown by Thai authorities on human trafficking activities saw migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh abandoned at sea by smugglers.

About 422,000 refugees from Myanmar have poured into Bangladesh since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered the Myanmar army offensive in response.

For the unversed, the Myanmar State Councillor broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis in the country and said that the government does not fear scrutiny by the worldwide community, in a State of the Union address on Tuesday morning, even as more than 4,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the northern Rakhine State. The refugees have described indiscriminate killings, and the United Nations and others have accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The US will provide a humanitarian aid package worth almost $32 million to Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakine State in recent weeks, the State Department announced Wednesday during the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

Since Aug. 25, more than 421,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN. The funding "reflects the U.S. commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people", said the State Department's Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw on Wednesday at the ongoing UN General Assembly here.