Violence against Rohingyas is "exceptional”: UN refugee chief

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, who appealed to the Myanmar authorities to address the root causes of the crisis which has forced 450,000 people to flee to Bangladesh in recent weeks. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said that the violence experienced by refugees who've fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh is among the worst he has encountered – and that their plight is a "recipe" for a health "disaster".

Speaking to journalists in Geneva on Wednesday, Filippo Grandi praised the Bangladeshi authorities for keeping their borders open, before calling on the government of Myanmar to find solutions to the crisis.

In less than a month, more than 450,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state after a security operation that followed attacks on police posts.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Duration: 2’58″

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