Chanting and holding signs demanding justice, Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar pleaded with visiting delegates from the UN Security Council.>> We are standing here to demand justice, as they have killed our men and tortured our women so much. So we are compelled to seek justice for those abuses.
e envoy visited the refugee camp in the so-called no man's land, between Myanmar and Bangladesh Sunday to see the crisis firsthand. Reuters UN correspondent, Michelle Nichols travelled with the mission. If you look out behind me here, you'll see the border fence. And there's several thousand refugees who've been living here for several months.
Some of the security council members just met with some of those refugees. They were quite emotional, there was some women who were crying and wailing and hugging and clutching at the British UN Ambassador.>> The refugee crisis exploded last year, when the Myanmar military launched a crackdown over Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts.
The United States, Britain, the UN, and others have described the operation as ethnic cleansing of the minority, mainly Muslim, Rohinga, a charge Myanmar denies. Refugees say they fled killings, rape, and arson. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled over the border.>> They're living under tarp holdings in very cramped conditions.
There's a big worry what will happen when monsoon season starts. The UN operations are underfunded. The UN Security Council are here to assess how to resolve this crisis.>> Many of the shelters sit on steep hills and low lying areas likely to be washed away by floods. Myanmar says it is waging a legitimate counterinsurgency operation.
Leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called the situation one of the biggest challenges the country has faced. And said her team is working to bring about peace.