UN: We lack the resources to handle the Rohingya crisis

Abandoned by their government, more than 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar by crossing into Bangladesh over the past two weeks, bringing with them harrowing tales of murder, rape and burned villages.

Myanmar's army has previously said it had killed 387 Rohingya "fighters", blaming the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the latest round of violence that began last month.

Yet, fleeing Rohingya refugees have accused the country's security forces of responding with a campaign of arson and murder in a bid to force them out of Myanmar.

Stripped of their citizenship by the military government in the 1980s, more than 50 percent of the beleaguered ethnic group have been forced to neighbouring countries – now, less than one million remain.

The Rohingya, a minority Muslim group who have lived in Myanmar's Rakhine state for centuries, have suffered decades of repression under the country's Buddhist majority.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of the risk of ethnic cleansing, appealing to the country's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's security forces to end the violence, but with the violence showing no end in letting up - the new influx of refugees is overwhelming camps in Bangladesh that were already bursting at the seams. aljazeera.com