Why do #Women suffer the most in war & conflict?

Rohingya women collapse in tears on the shores of Bangladesh near Teknaf after making the crossing from Burma. About 400,000 refugees have been forced to flee in the past three weeksDAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGES

Plight of the Rohingya: ‘They raped us and slit the throats of four girls’

Armed with pistols and machetes, the soldiers stormed into Amina’s home, killing her husband with a shot to the head as they came in. When her two-month-old son began crying one soldier seized the child and dashed him against a wall. “My heart shattered into a thousand pieces,” Amina wept.

Two soldiers then held her down as a third man raped her. When she screamed they choked her until finally she endured the attack in silence. “When they pressed my face to a side,” she said, “I saw my son’s lifeless body lying there on the ground.”

Amina, 24, is one of almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees to have arrived in Bangladesh in three weeks, fleeing a military offensive in Rakhine state, Burma. The scale and brutality of the crackdown by Burmese security forces, backed by gangs of Buddhist thugs, prompted the United Nations human rights chief to condemn the violence this week as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

As Rohingya pour across the border, stories are emerging of systematic rape and murder by the military.

Read more – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/

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Mani Kaur Bajwa

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