Around a 100 Rohingya refugees walking through muddy flooded paddy fields after crossing over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border first for safety reasons, in Teknaf, Bangladesh. 08/09/2017. The number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh in the last two weeks to escape the violence in Myanmar has shot up to about 330,000, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said. An unprecedented 200,000 child refugees have fled Burma and are now in urgent need of help, Unicef has warned, as the Rohingya crisis reaches new proportions.
Minors make up at least 60 per cent of the 330,000 Rohingya who have crossed the border to Bangladesh over the past few weeks. Highly traumatised, they are arriving malnourished and injured after walking for days, a spokesperson said. #bangladesh#unicef#rohingya#refugees#OnAssignment@panospictures
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#rohingya women and girls queue at a relief station in a #bangladesh refugee camp. Authorities say 70,000 new and expecting mothers are among those who have escaped violence in #myanmar in recent weeks.
Before the crisis I led a very simple life. We survived off a small paddy farm and my husband’s bamboo business.
Then, one afternoon, the military came to our village in three trucks. They fired guns at us and torched our houses.
Everyone was running in different directions and both my brother and husband were hit by bullets. Everyone was trying to save their own lives so we could not stop to help each other.
My brother died on the spot. We could not retrieve the body so he has not had a proper Islamic burial.
It took four days to walk to Bangladesh. At the border, some Muslim men offered us their boat.
We were so lucky because the two boats in front of us were shot by the Myanmar military and sunk. I think everyone in those boats died; there were bodies floating in the water.
We hid our boat behind some trees and managed to cross once the military had left. My husband is now in hospital in Chittagong. Because his wound is big and infected, they say he needs an operation.
I am grateful because the world is helping by giving us food, but we want this to be temporary. If only we had our own country we would not need their support.