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Bangladesh bans foreign charities helping Rohingya

Published on Aug 2, 2012 3:52 PM
 
In this Sep 1, 2009 photograph, a Rohingya refugee woman carries a child in an unregistered camp in Kutupalong, some 400km south-east of Dhaka. Bangladesh has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to Rohingya refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar, an official said on Aug 2, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to Rohingya refugees who cross the border to flee persecution and violence in Myanmar, an official said on Thursday.

France's Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Action Against Hunger (ACF) as well as Britain's Muslim Aid UK have been told to suspend their services in the Cox's Bazaar district bordering Myanmar, local administrator Joynul Bari said.

"The charities have been providing aid to tens of thousands of undocumented Rohingya refugees illegally.

"We asked them to stop all their projects in Cox's Bazaar following directive from the NGO (non-governmental organisation) Affairs Bureau," he told AFP.

 
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