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Rohingya Flee to Bangladesh Amid Violence in Myanmar

HeadlineNov 22, 2016

Hundreds of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh Monday after fleeing violence and the destruction of their homes in neighboring Myanmar. Rohingya are Muslims who have long faced persecution and violence in Myanmar, including being denied citizenship. In recent weeks, the Myanmar military has killed as many as 100 Rohingya civilians, sparking hundreds more to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. Human Rights Watch says more than 400 Rohingya homes have also been burned. These are two Rohingya refugees, speaking after they arrived in Bangladesh.

Maryam Khatoon: “Military killed my husband, set fire to our house. As we did not get any help to save us, we fled our land and have come here.”

Mohammed Hasim: “As we could not tolerate their tortures, we as a group crossed the river by boat at night. Four o’clock, we entered Bangladesh.”

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