The government of Myanmar is proudly rolling out resettlement plans after months of violence and displacement amid a security crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the restive northern Rakhine state. But the U.N. refugee agency has raised concerns that planned “model villages” will further stoke tensions. Others, who are being relocated to the commercial capital of Yangon, feel they have been given no option but to leave their homes.
A new wave of attacks on Myanmar’s Rohingya left hundreds of buildings destroyed and forced people flee across the border to Bangladesh, aid workers reported. Satellite images collected by Human Rights Watch reveal the speed of the destruction believed to be caused by government-backed forces.
For the first time since insurgent attacks on Oct. 9 resulted in an ongoing military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, the World Food Program is allowed to deliver food to displaced people.