The United Nations humanitarian agencies have said that the flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh was unprecedented in terms of volume and speed, according to the UN News Centre.
UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said here in a press release yesterday that about 370,000 people have crossed the Bangladeshi border in the last two and a half weeks.
“UN agencies and the Government were expecting the possibility that as many as 100,000 more people could come across when there were already 600,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
But I don’t think anyone expected a mass exodus like this, unprecedented in terms of value and speed,” said IOM Asia-Pacific Spokesperson Chris Lom, speaking with UN News from Cox’s Bazar, a thin stretch of beach in south-eastern Bangladesh.
Lom, who is one of the UN aid workers on the ground, said the people he spoke with are “very vulnerable, traumatised.