New data from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) alleges a large number of death due to landmines among populations fleeing Rakhine State of Myanmar.
MSF conducted six surveys to estimate the retrospective mortality of the population residing in Kutupalong, Balukhali and Tasnimarkhola settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. The surveys targeted a total estimated population of 608,108, 82.8% of whom were “newly-displaced” from Myanmar, i.e. had arrived after 25 August 2017.
The surveys covered roughly equal time periods before and after 25 August 2017, beginning on 27 May 2017 and ending on 30 October 2017. Heads of households described the family structure and provided the date, location and cause of death of family members who died during the recall period.
1% of the total population, and 2.5% of the children under 5 years of age were found to have been killed by landmines. This may have resulted in up to 67 overall deaths due to landmines, of which 15 children may have died due to landmines.
Full report and data: Myanmar/Bangladesh: Rohingya crisis – a summary of findings from six pooled surveys, MSF, 9 December 2017, and Myanmar/Bangladesh: MSF surveys estimate that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed during the attacks in Myanmar, MSF, 13 December 2017.