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Survivors of a Hidden Genocide II

David Verberckt | Bangladesh

Victim of torture who has fled in 2016 from Myanmar after her husband has been taken away by the army. She has no news of her husband ever since. Najirar Tak, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 2018

Following the 25 August 2017 attack by ARSA on Myanmar police posts, another widespread “security operation” of Myanmar military forces sweeps throughout all the municipalities of Rakhine where Rohingya were present and causes another three-quarter of a million refugees to flee to Bangladesh to date and still counting.

Widespread killings, torture, disproportionate retaliation attacks turn to mayhem of ethnic cleansing evolving into genocide. Throughout, the access to Rakhine state for media and humanitarian actors has been extremely restricted and nearly impossible, as no witnesses of the denied barbarism are wanted. It’s estimated that no more than 350’000 to 450’000 Rohingya remain in Rakhine nowadays, of which more than half live in open air like prison camps in the periphery of the Rakhine State capital Sittwe and Paktauw township.

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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