Myanmar’s Rohingya women the face of unspeakable horror

February 26, 2017 | By | Reply More

Many  young women, some as young as 14, took off their niqab declaring their dignity had been taken by the Myanmar Army while sharing their stories of murder and rape with Bangladesh-origin documentary film maker Shafiur Rahman.

myanmarMore than a dozen young women revealed to the UK-based film maker how they had been shamed and abused in front of their families and communities during the army’s four-month-long “clearance operations” in Rohingya-dominated Rakhine State.

Young women abused in front of their family members, including babies and young children, butchered in front of them.

They argued that they saw no reason now to hide their faces when it came to telling the world what happened to their homes and loved ones in Myanmar.

Shafiur recorded the testimonies in December and January from registered and unregistered refugee settlements in Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar, where over 70,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter since October.

In a 9:53-minute video, the women disclose to the world the horrendous stories which Shafiur later uploaded in an online platform.

In early January 2017, the Aung San Suu Kyi-led government surprisingly took action against soldiers who had been depicted on video beating up members of a Rohingya family. An investigation was announced regarding the specific case.

No investigations had previously been announced to hold individual soldiers or officers to account despite scores of far more serious allegations of widespread murder, burnings and rape of the Rohingyas in Rakhine State.

Tellingly, the government-appointed Rakhine State investigation commission has been labelled a “whitewash” by human rights organizations.

“In this context, the testimonies of these Rohingya women who have come to Bangladesh point to continued sex crimes and killings in Rakhine State perpetrated by the Myanmar security forces,” Shafiur describes.

In early February, a UN report detailed “devastating cruelty against Rohingya children, women and men.”

Based on over 200 interviews, the report was introduced thus in an OHCHR news bulletin: “Mass gang-rape, killing

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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