At least 730 children were among the 6,700 Rohingya refugees who were burned, shot, or beaten to death in the space of a single month earlier this year, a major humanitarian aid group revealed.
“We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering in overcrowded and unsanitary camps in Bangladesh. What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured,” said Dr. Sidney Wong, medical director with Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, earlier this week.
“The peak in deaths coincides with the launch of the latest ‘clearance operations’ by Myanmar security forces in the last week of August.”
The report, based on surveys conducted in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, found that at least 6,700 people were killed between Aug. 25 and Sept. 24, which was when waves of Rohingya — a majority-Muslim ethnic group — started fleeing attacks by security forces in Myanmar.
MSF said that at least 730 children under the age of 5 were among those killed in the violence at the time.
“Overall, gunshots were the cause of death in 69 percent of the violence-related deaths, followed by being burnt to death in their houses (9 percent) and beaten to death (5 percent),” the survey results showed.
“Among children below the age of 5 years, more than 59 percent killed during that period were reportedly shot, 15 percent burnt to death in their home, 7 percent beaten to death and 2 percent died due to landmine blasts.”
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