riving in Bangladesh on foot or traveling by boat. Ongoing violence in Myanmar has now provoke an exodus of around 150,000 Rohingya Muslims in less than two weeks. With the countries leader Ong Suu Kyi coming on to increasing international criticism for not speaking out against the brutal treatment.
Suu Kyi broke her silence with a statement on Wednesday but blamed what she called terrorist for a huge iceberg of information. Making no mention of the Rohingya who have fled. The violence started when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police post and an army base triggering a major military counter offensive and ensuing clashes that killed at least 400 people.
Suu Kyi is coming under increased pressure from key Muslim nations. In Jakarta, thousands of Indonesians marched outside the Myanmar embassy calling for a halt to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, and many demanding Suu Kyi be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize. Turkey has condemned the violence as genocide and is sending 1,000 tons of aid.
The UN secretary general, Antonio Gutierrez, warned of a human catastrophe and a risk of ethnic cleansing. Myanmar countered that, saying it would seek to block any UN resolution on the crisis. And that he was counting on quote friendly countries, China and Russia, to help.