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Poor conditions remain in Myanmar refugee camps

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 01:22

Feb. 17 - United Nations Human Rights envoy says abuses continue in Myanmar refugee camps. Julie Noce reports.

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Unclothed Rohingya children lay in a refugee camp in western Myanmar. They are some of the near 120,00 Muslim Rohingyas living in the camps since last year after sectarian violence with ethnic Buddhists from Rakhine State drove them from their homes. Life in a refugee camp often means no access to fresh water, and no medical attention. A United Nations Human Rights envoy spoke about the state of the camps during a news conference on Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS ENVOY TOMAS QUINTANA SAYING: "My major concern lies with the lack of adequate health care in the larger Muslim camps. I met a woman in dire need of medical attention due to a severe case of gangrene in her foot. This kind of suffering in the camps is unacceptable and I urge the central and state authorities to ensure that adequate medical care is provided to all IDP camps." Quintana said that while conditions have improved slightly in the past six months, more needs to be done by the government of Myanmar. Most of the estimated 800,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar are regarded by authorities as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, which does not recognize them either. The United Nations has referred to them as "virtually friendless".

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Poor conditions remain in Myanmar refugee camps

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 01:22