Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Mohammad Shahnewaz Khan

An estimated 750,000 Rohingya (according to UNICEF more than half of them are children)have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, sexual violence and other atrocities. Most of them walked three to six days, barefoot over mountains and across rivers. They arrived exhausted, sick and hungry. United Nations OHCHR said that According to Human Rights Watch, since August25, 2017, Burmese security forces have been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims, government troops had targeted “houses, fields, food-stocks, crops, livestock and even trees,” making it “almost impossible” for the Rohingya to return home. This is the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

Minara Begum entered Bangladesh from Myanmar after walking for four days and crossing the river. Her parents died in 2012 at the hands of Myanmar army, in September 2017, they killed her husband's parents. Her husband's sister was slaughtered after being raped and her husband's brother was shot dead.

The Myanmar government does not even use the word Rohingya or recognize them as a distinct group. People were holding the soldiers’ feet, begging for their lives. They just kicked them off and killed them. They shot people, chopped into pieces, threw children into the fire. They raped women-young girls and left them senseless. 6,700 Rohingya were killed by Myanmar security forces in one month following a government-led crackdown in the country's Rakhine state in late August, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Rohingya Muslims demand full-fledged Myanmar citizenship and recognition as Rohingya.

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