World Bulletin / News Desk
The head of Turkish Red Crescent Aid Society's Myanmar Operations Team, Hakki Ersoy talked about the conditions in camps where the victims of violent incidents in Myanmar's Arakan (Rakhine) state are staying.
"The camps of Muslims are 15 kilometers away from the city while Buddhist camps are at the center of the city. Around 7-8 thousand people stay in a Muslim camp while 700-800 people are in a Buddhist camp. Almost all of those who were negatively affected in the region are Muslims," Ersoy indicated.
In an exclusive interview with the Anadolu Agency (AA), Ersoy underlined that 3,000 homes, 14 religious centers and 8 rice factories were destroyed when incidents targeting Rohingya Muslims restarted on October 21.
"The Myanmar government increased security measures and more security personnel were dispatched to the region," Ersoy said.
"Government officials have not given any information on incidents in the region," Ersoy noted.
"Sources said that thousands of people had to migrate after the recent incidents. Migrants have fled to various camps in the country. There could be a mass migration that is bigger than what the government states," Ersoy expressed.
"Around 7,000 people in the region where the incidents restarted on October 21," Ersoy said.
"4,000 Muslims here have been sent to Sittwe in boats and placed in camps," Ersoy emphasized.
"The camps are overloaded and health conditions are poor," Ersoy noted.
"The camps are extremely crowded. There are 9 Muslim camps and 5 Buddhist camps in Sittwe. The camps of Muslims are 15 kilometers away from the city. Buddhist camps are at the center of the city. The camps of Muslims and Buddhists carry identical traits. However, while there are around 7-8 thousand people in a single Muslim camp, the total population of 5 Buddhist camps is 3,600. The most crowded Muslim camp has 15,000 people. The majority of those who have been negatively affected in the region are Muslims. There are problems associated with over crowdedness," Ersoy also said.
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