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The eyes of just 20 out of the 75 Rohingya Rape survivors I interviewed by Naffysah

 


The eyes of just 20 out of the 75 Rohingya Rape survivors I interviewed. Forever my sisters, I channelled their pain, sometimes, the first person they had spoken to in detail about their ordeal, we consoled, reassured them to hold their heads up high, not to feel ashamed, we would seek justice for the ghastly experiences they suffered.

NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE

Feeling glad to see the experiences of these women shared from deep, isolated parts of the camps. I sat eye to eye, using the dialect of my late grandmother whom I loved so very much, I was able to convey their pain, holding their hand and promising the world would see their ordeal and we would forever pursue justice. Please do read and share?

I dedicate this contribution to my late grandmother, Shamsun Nahar Taher, a fiery Chittagonian battleaxe and philanthropist. She was the strongest woman I had seen, these Rohingya women who had faced so much but can still stand still remind me of her. (Look at the photo’s of their eyes).

”They were interviewed separately, come from a variety of villages in Myanmar and now live spread across several refugee camps in Bangladesh. Yet their stories were hauntingly similar. The military has denied its soldiers raped any Rohingya women.

Here are the accounts as told by 21 women and girls. They agreed to be identified in this story by their first initial only, out of fear the military will kill them or their families.”

21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

Further Links:

Foreign Affairs Select Committee #Rohingya report has been refreshingly strongly worded.
“The evidence we have received suggests that the violence in Burma does amount to ethnic cleansing, and may well constitute crimes against humanity and even genocide.”
Violence in Rakhine State and the UK’s response

 

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