Monsoon season threatens Rohingya Muslim refugees in India

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By July 12, 2013 12:39

Shahana Butt

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India’s encroaching monsoon season threatens thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees who are living in camps and poor conditions, Press TV reports.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” as displaced Rohingya Muslims face the threat of monsoon floods in Myanmar and India.

“We are living here. That’s the only benefit we have after fleeing Myanmar. Our condition is terrible. The weather hasn’t been kind to us. The rain lashes our plastic shelter in the middle of the night and we can’t do anything about it. It’s our life,” a refugee told Press TV.

Experts predicted that more than 60,000 Rohingya Muslims remain in flood-prone areas and makeshift shelters in the rainy Asiatic region.

“We always need the UNHCR aid efforts. The Indian government has done some good jobs but that’s not enough. We need refugee status to send our kids to school. We need jobs and subsidized food but we don’t get them because we are Muslims,” another refugee said.

Rohingya Muslims are not officially recognized as Indian citizens and are denied passports, access to health-care, education and jobs.

In Myanmar, many Rohingyas have been killed and thousands displaced in attacks by extremist Buddhists over the past year.

“Buddhists think we are outsiders and have no rights to live in Myanmar. We can only live in Myanmar if we become Buddhists. No Muslim country has helped us so far that much. Only Iran has supported our plight in Myanmar,” said another refugee.

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