Attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked a harsh military crackdown on the minority Muslim community and the exodus started almost straight away.

Rohingya Muslim refugees carry an elderly relative as they arrive from Myanmar after crossing the Naf river in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | MUNIR UZ ZAMAN | AFP

Rohingya people have long been subjected to discrimination in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.

There were more than 300,000 Rohinya in refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh even before the latest unrest.

In this photograph taken on September 11, 2017, Rohingya Muslim refugee children draw pictures at a safe house in Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf. PHOTO | MUNIR UZ ZAMAN | AFP

These are now completely overwhelmed and tens of thousands of new arrivals have no shelter.

Most walked for days to reach Bangladesh and aid workers say many are sick and in desperate need of food.

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