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Myanmar leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced scathing worldwide criticism for not doing more to stop the violence, although she has no power over the security forces under a military-drafted constitution.

The coast guard said the boat sank at around 1600 GMT (10:00 pm).

A photographer in Bangladesh has captured the heartbreak of Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar.

More than half a million Rohingyas have fled Rakhine since the offensive started, amid allegations of civilian killings and burning of villages by witnesses and worldwide organisations, while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called it a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

"And still now we provide service to 8,400 traumatised children and mothers", said Mehedi. Many under 18 living in makeshift camp at Cox's Bazar highly traumatized after seeing family members killed and home set on fire.

Rohingya refugees wait on a rice field after crossing the border in Palang Khali, Bangladesh October 9, 2017.

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In this latest incident of refugee boat capsize, more than half of the victims were children as stated by the police chief of the border town of Teknaf, Mian Uddin. Late last month more than 60 refugees are feared to have died when the boat carrying them from Myanmar capsized in rough weather in the Bay of Bengal.

The mainly Muslim minority are widely disliked in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and are denied citizenship.

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have always been subjected to discrimination in Buddhist-majority country, which denies them citizenship.

The refugees accuse Myanmar's army - flanked by mobs of ethnic Rakhine - of slaughtering them and burning their villages in a campaign which the United Nations says amounts to "ethnic cleansing". Many women and children could not swim and had to ride piggyback on volunteer swimmers.

Violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 25 when the country's security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community.

They have been the target of systematic oppression in Myanmar for decades, with previous army campaigns driving huge numbers across the border to Bangladesh.

  • Adam Floyd