600,000 Rohingya children could flee Bangladesh by the end of the year, aid group

Some 600,000 Rohingya children could flee to Bangladesh by the end of the year, a relief group said Sunday, highlighting the scale of the humanitarian crisis triggered by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, told AFP news agency.

According to agency more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in Bangladesh from their Buddhist dominated homeland to escape violence that the United Nations says could be ethnic cleansing.

“That number could rise beyond one million by the end of the year if the influx continues, including about 600,000 children, according to U.N. agencies,” Mark Pierce, the Bangladesh chief of Save the Children charity, said.