Horrific stories from the book of the conditions of Burma's Muslims: rape of women, slaughter of children and burning of men
Arab and international Since 2017-09-05 at 16:10 (Baghdad time)
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The United Nations warned that Myanmar government forces were killing children and infants with knives during so-called purge campaigns against the villages of Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine, the Independent newspaper said in a report written by a member of the United Nations team in Bangladesh on Monday evening. .
The report said an eight-month-old baby and two children aged four and six were stabbed to death in their homes during the purges of government forces, which earlier reports have killed hundreds since last October, in Muslim villages in the state of Rakhine.
The United Nations issued these reports after interviewing 200 refugees who had managed to reach the refugee camps in Bangladesh.
One of the mothers told the UN team in Bangladesh that her five-year-old daughter was trying to protect her from rape when one of the attackers took out a large knife and slashed her throat. She also spoke about the case of an 8-month-old child killed while his mother was gang raped by five Burmese security officers.
She also reported that a 14-year-old girl told investigators how she was severely beaten after being raped by soldiers, that her mother was beaten to death and her sisters, aged between 8 and 10, were also stabbed with knives.
The Burmese government has repeatedly denied allegations of persecution against the Rohingya minority, rejects any evidence it regards as "propaganda," and argues that police beatings of citizens are common in many countries.
During the Rakhine crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims, the refugees recounted how the Burmese forces rounded up Muslim men in cars and took them to distant places before returning home, mass raping women and girls or sexual harassment, sometimes killing children crying or trying to protect their mothers.
In separate interviews, a number of refugees reported that the army had detained a whole family, including the elderly and handicapped, inside a house and set fire to them, all of them burning.
Many witnesses and victims also said that while they were beaten and raped, Burmese and Buddhist villagers were telling them, "You are Bangladeshis and you must get back" or "What can God do to you? See what we can do"
More than half of the 101 women interviewed had been raped and other forms of sexual violence.
Lena Arvidson, one of four United Nations staff members interviewed by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, who wrote the report to The Independent, said she had never faced such a "shocking" situation before.
"It's a shock to me. All of the 204 people I met, each has a painful story, whether their house was burned, raped, killed or taken away.
"Women cried when they talked about being raped or seeing their children being killed. The men shouted when they talked about how their homes were burned. What concerns them now is how they can support their families."
Arvidson added that violent attacks on men, women and children were more systematic than in the search for insurgents responsible for police killings in October, and concluded that racial discrimination was also behind the slaughter of children.
87,000 people fled from the Rohingya to Bangladesh
Some 87,000 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, fled the violence in Burma and fled to neighboring Bangladesh, the United Nations said Monday.
According to the United Nations Coordination Office, "87 thousand people have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August, coming from Burma, which is witnessing violence."
The violence erupted after the Rohingya attacked 25 police stations on 25 August "in defense of the rights of the Muslim minority."
In response, the Burmese army began a large-scale operation in this remote and poor region, forcing tens of thousands to flee.
Earlier figures released on Saturday reported the release of 60,000 people, most of them Rohingyas, to Bangladesh.
About 400 people have been killed in attacks and counter-attacks between the Rohingya rebels and security forces in Myanmar since late last month.