The UN has branded Myanmar violence a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”
Mohammad Kasim was an affluent person. He had a house, car and a big happy family in the Rakhine state. Now, everything is gone.
The Rohingya man, narrating his ordeal to NDTV, said the Myanmar army came to his house and held them hostage at gunpoint.
Then some soldiers gang-raped his daughter in front of him. When he tried to save his daughter, they branded his thigh with a red-hot knife.
Kasim said the army killed his daughter as he watched helplessly.
He does not know where his wife or other children are. He fled to Bangladesh and found shelter at a Rohingya camp in Ukhiya.
Rohingya, who arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, described how the army and Rakhine Buddhists had been killing Rohingya men, slaughtering the children, raping women, looting and burning Rohingya villages.
“The army came and burned our homes, they killed our people. There was a mob of Rakhine people too,” Usman Goni, 55, told Reuters after arriving in Bangladesh with his seven children and wife.
Begum Sanchita, a 40-year-old Rohingya woman, escaped with her children – the oldest child is about 10 – after seeing her husband shot dead. Anwara Begum, cradling her nine-month-old baby in her arms, said little Mohammad Harun’s father was killed too.
The UN has branded Myanmar violence a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” but Naypyitaw insists its forces are conducting ‘clearing operations’ against Rohingya insurgents.
Of the more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees, who have fled the persecution, most are women and children. A large number of these women were victims of sexual violence by the Myanmar army.
Many Rohingya women have been killed after rape. After making it to Bangladesh, they were not seeking medical care as they felt embarrassed, local doctors said, the Bangla Tribune reports.
Hazera Begum, a Rohingya refugee staying at Ukhiya, said, “Many women like me sought medical help after rape. We asked for contraceptive pills. But we were given none [in Myanmar].
“I am fortunate to have survived but many others were not so lucky.”