(KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh) — A massive influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing recent violence in Myanmar has pushed aid services in Bangladesh to the brink, with established camps already beyond capacity, aid workers said Tuesday.
The U.N. refugee agency said a total of 123,000 refugees have fled western Myanmar since Aug. 25.
“The numbers are very worrying. They are going up very quickly,” said UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan.
The agency was pleading for assistance, saying it needed more land so it could set up new camps to accommodate refugees who were arriving hungry, traumatized and in need of medical assistance.
“Most have walked for days from their villages — hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes,” the agency