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HRW: Burmese Military Intentionally Burned Rohingya Villages

HeadlineDec 14, 2016

Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows the Burmese military intentionally razed Rohingya villages in the state of Rakhine. The United Nations has called on Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene and halt the military campaign against the long-persecuted Muslim ethnic group. The recent military campaign has reportedly included the rape and killing of civilians, as well as the use of helicopter gunships to open fire against Rohingya below. The entire area has been sealed by a military order in order to keep out aid workers and journalists. At least 10,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee into Bangladesh to escape the violence, while others have fled to nearby refugee camps. These are two refugees speaking from a camp in the capital of the state of Rakhine.

Yawzi Rabiegun: “We have nothing to eat here. Our children are dying. We get support once in a month or two. How can we survive?”

Noro Salam: “We do not have good healthcare. We sleep in poor conditions. It is very hot. And there are no good roads. We have nothing to eat. All the food aid we had is gone now. Most of the families here cannot afford to cook rice now.”

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