Amidst Rohingya Muslim crisis, Jihadis call for boycott of Myanmar goods
Jihadis have called for a boycott of good made in Myanmar in the wake of the Rohingya Muslim crisis. Jihadi handles on the social media were seen condemning the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims.
Several handles posted messages calling for a boycott of Myanmar produced goods. This is not for the first time that the Rohingya Muslim issue has been raked up by jihadi groups.
A few years back, Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed raised the issue openly. He said that his terror outfit stood for their cause and would do anything to help them.
The blast at Bodh Gaya carried out by the Students Islamic Movement of India was also linked to the Rohingya Muslim issue. Investigations found that the blast was carried out to avenge the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims.
Meanwhile statistics show that over 250,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Bangladesh since fresh violence erupted in Myanmar last October.
In the last two weeks alone 164,000 mostly Rohingya civilians have fled to Bangladesh, overwhelming refugee camps that were already bursting at the seams and triggering warnings of a humanitarian crisis.
Scores more have died trying to flee the fighting in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where witnesses say entire villages have been burned to the ground since Rohingya militants launched a series of coordinated attacks on August 25, prompting a military-led crackdown.
Police in Bangladesh say they have recovered the bodies of 17 people, many of them children, who drowned when at least three boats packed with Rohingya refugees sank at the mouth of the Naf river that runs along the border.
Bangladesh border guards say desperate Rohingya are attempting to cross the river using small fishing trawlers that are dangerously overcrowded.
At least five have capsized leaving more than 60 people dead, police and border guards say.
Rohingya refugee Tayeba Khatun said she and her family had waited four days for a place on a boat to take them to Bangladesh after fleeing her township in Rakhine.
"People were squeezing into whatever space they could find on the rickety boats. I saw two of those boats sink," she told AFP. "Most managed to swim ashore but the children were missing."
Those flocking into Bangladesh have brought with them harrowing testimony of murder, rape and widespread arson by Myanmar's army. Most have walked for days to reach Bangladesh and the United Nations says many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter, food and water.