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Survivors of a Hidden Genocide I

David Verberckt | Bangladesh

Mohammad Idris, 10 years old from Reskinapara near Maungdaw. He was hit in the head by a lost bullet when the village was attacked. He escaped to Bangladesh with his brother, sisters and parents. Nobody of his family got injured except him. He was for 2 months in hospital after reaching Bangladesh. Lambashiya, Kutupalong, Bangladesh, March 2018

During the past several years, I have been documenting the plight of the Rohingya ethnic minority by capturing their dire everyday life in the Rakhine region of Myanmar and in Bangladesh, portraying them as human beings deprived of their social, civil and human rights.

My intention is to document the violent ethnic cleansing campaigns turning into genocide while under the pretext of so called security operations by Myanmar forces.

The first attack by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Myanmar border police forces in October 2016 caused a widespread and disproportionate wave of retaliation on the Rohingya community. Although less covered by the media, this wave of atrocities caused some 100’000 refugees to flee to Bangladesh with evidence of summary executions, burning down villages and mass rape as clear indicators of severe ethnic cleansing and more annihilation to come.

By documenting their stories and making them available for a wider advised audience, journalists, human rights investigators, activists and photographers can play an essential role in countering the "fake news" allegations branded by the Burmese authorities.


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