Pictured: Desperate faces of refugees fleeing Myanmar

These are the faces of the desperate Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh after fleeing from what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

Elderly women and young children were among those clambering for aid packages in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh after fleeing violence in nearby Rakhine State. 

The secretary-general said there were 125,000 refugees in Bangladesh last week as he called on Myannmar's authorities to grant the Rohingya Muslims nationality or legal status so they could work, and get an education and health care. But he stressed that the number has since tripled 'to nearly 380,000'.

The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship even though many have longstanding roots in the country. 

The UN chief told reporters today that Myanmar's government must also uphold the rule of law.

The international body said the army's violent crackdown was a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', and called for 'immediate steps' to end the violence.     

Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled a trip to the United Nations General Assembly to tackle the crisis unfurling at home.

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A desperate old woman reaches out her hand to receive aid after fleeing from Myanmar to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. Britain and Sweden are among the naitons urging the UN Security Council to call for an end to violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state that has driven at least 380,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. The secretary-general of the UN called on Myannmar's authorities to grant the Rohingyas nationality or legal status so they could work, and get an education and health care

A desperate old woman reaches out her hand to receive aid after fleeing from Myanmar to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. Britain and Sweden are among the naitons urging the UN Security Council to call for an end to violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state that has driven at least 380,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. The secretary-general of the UN called on Myannmar's authorities to grant the Rohingyas nationality or legal status so they could work, and get an education and health care

Rohingya refugees carry an old man towards the shore of Naf river as people arrive by boats in Teknaf, Bangladesh. The UN said the Myanmar army's violent crackdown was a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', and called for 'immediate steps' to end the violence. Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled a trip to the United Nations General Assembly to tackle the crisis unfurling at home

Rohingya refugees carry an old man towards the shore of Naf river as people arrive by boats in Teknaf, Bangladesh. The UN said the Myanmar army's violent crackdown was a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', and called for 'immediate steps' to end the violence. Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled a trip to the United Nations General Assembly to

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