Bangladesh: 'They tortured us a lot' — Rohingya Muslim refugees recount fleeing Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims who fled violence perpetrated against them in Myanmar by police forces, since late August, spoke of their ordeal from crossings and camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Tuesday. A Rohingya refugee, Jayeda Begum, recounted that Rakhine Buddhists (also known as 'Moggs') «shot, they have burnt the entire area, they cut eight to 10 people. [..] They took us with them and... Еще started shooting us. We laid down on the floor and surrendered. At one point, we were able to flee away from them.» Another Rohingya, who currently lives at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, said her sister was killed, along with «close to a thousand people», when military forces reached her village on Saturday. «They took her [the sister] to the Mog Para and tortured [her] a lot.» The woman added that she managed to escape from her persecutors by hiding «in a jungle, without food, without water.» Violence has erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, home to the Rohingya Muslims, on August 25, after an attack on the country’s police force, allegedly by Rohingya militants, left 12 officers dead. Myanmar’s military carried out a crackdown on the Rohingya, claiming to be targeting militants in response. However, according to the UN, an estimated 123,600 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh in the past 16 days, amid widespread reports of indiscriminate killings, arson, looting and rape in Rohingya villages. According to the UN already 400,000 Rohingya refugees resided in Bangladesh following past humanitarian crises.

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