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Tue, 19 Nov 2019 02:39 GMT

German Film-Maker Beaten in Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh

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7Dnews London - AFP

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:48 GMT

A German filmmaker and his assistant were beaten up by Rohingya Muslims in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, because they were suspected of being human traffickers, according to AFP who cited local police.

A group of three Germans and a Bangladeshi assistant were visiting Kutupalong in Bangladesh, the world's largest refugee camp on the Myanmar border to make a short film, and they were offering women and children gifts.

 The Germans, who were not identified, then led several of the Rohingya towards a car.

One of the Germans and their Bangladeshi fixer were beaten. The army and police had to rescue them said a police spokesman.

"The German needed first aid. He is now fine. The Germans said they came to the camp to make a short film," according to the spokesman, who said police believed they were mistaken for human traffickers.

It was a case of a misunderstanding, he said and no arrests were made.

About one million Rohingya live in camps around Cox's Bazar district, most of whom fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in August 2017.

Police say traffickers have been increasingly active in the camps in recent months, seeking to lure Rohingya to pay for the dangerous boat journey to Malaysia.

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