‘blood flowed in the streets’: refugees from one rohingya hamlet recount days of horror - black plastic sheeting
Just after 8a, the soldiers arrived in a village in western Myanmar. m.
The villagers said they were ready to fight a war.
Villagers say they shot in the air and then aimed at the fleeing residents who died or were injured during the monsoon
Green rice fields.
Earlier in the day, military retaliation for the attack on the police station by Rohingya militants had begun.
Minon Mohammed roshde heard the gunshots and ran away with his wife and children, but his 80-year-
The old father walking with a stick is not so flexible.
Roshid said he saw a soldier seize yousufu Ali and cut his throat severely, and the old man was almost beheaded.
"I want to go back and save him, but some relatives have stopped me because there are so many troops," said Roshid, 55 . ".
"I can't do anything for my father, it's the saddest thing of my life.
Myanmar's military's "retreat" in Maung Nu village and dozens of other villages inhabited by the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar has triggered about 400,000 refugees to flee to Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called it a episode of "ethnic cleansing.
"The number of refugees is expected to increase in the next few days.
Confused, with their things in their hands, and some barefoot on their ankles --deep mud —
An existing camp has been spilled and temporary shelters have been established.
Others are just sitting on the road, fighting the crowds as volunteers drop a bag of rice or bottled water on large relief trucks.
Human rights groups say it will take months or years to fully record the devastation of refugees fleeing.
Satellite photos showed witnesses telling the killing of civilians by soldiers. The Myanmar government said 176 Rohingya villages were empty.
As the area is still blocked by the military, there is no total number of deaths yet.
Nearly a dozen villagers who fled the village told about their last hours at home and the long journey that followed.
They had a two-day interview at the kutubang refugee camp near the Bangladesh border, where they arrived last week.
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According to key human rights organizations, the death toll in Maung Nu and three nearby villages was 150.
"I can't count how much," said Soe Win on the 10 th. grade teacher.
"We are all watching what the military is doing.
They slaughtered them one by one.
Blood flows down the street.
The latest wave of violence started in August.
On the 25 th, a group of newly-emerged Rohingya militants, the alacan Rohingya Salvation Army, attacked 30 police stations and a military base in Rakhine state, killing 12 people.
The subsequent military crackdown prompted thousands of refugees to leave Buddhists.
Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country that has not been ruled by the junta until recently, and Rohingya have long been deprived of citizenship and other rights.
The International Rescue Commission estimates that 500,000 people will eventually flee to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is half the known Rohingya in Myanmar, most of whom live in Rakhine state.
The area has long been confused by tensions between Buddhist villagers and stateless Rohingya, who have been there for centuries, but the government thinks they are from
The crisis sparked widespread protests and condemnation from Myanmar and its de facto leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
She and her government did not mention the plight of the Rohingya, only to reposition the situation as a national security issue when the new fighting forces unite.
S. government on MondayN.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-
Hussein called Exodus a typical example of ethnic cleansing.
"In Maung Nu, a small village of about 750 houses, in a slow strip --
Villagers say the Rohingya have long lived in a relatively calm environment on the moving Mayu River, drinking tea with Buddhist neighbors.
But when the Rohingya rebels attacked the police station, their peaceful coexistence ended.
Since then, the military crackdown has continued unabated, with black smoke on the horizon, as can be seen in southern Bangladesh even in the past week.
The 23-year-old auto mechanic, Mohammed Showife, said that on the first day of the attack, he and his family had just finished their morning prayers and were preparing rice when three soldiers appeared in the yard, announce their arrival with a bunch of machines --
Shoot and tell the family they have to leave immediately.
They said, 'You come out of the house.
"You can go anywhere you want to, but you can't live here," Showife recalls . ".
He was scattered with his family and he stopped to help his 17-year-old neighbor, Mohammed Rafik, whose right hip was run from behind by bullets to the front.
They walked through a group of thugs who robbed houses, and soldiers opened fire on their shoulders at other houses.
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Many villagers took refuge in the jungle, where thick leaves provided cover after the monsoon season.
On one occasion, some women sat quietly and cried.
Other villagers just look at each other: What will they do now?
They tried to treat Rafique's wounds with boiling water and torn clothes.
The first night was shrouded in restless darkness, and the sky was shining with fire and shadows.
At that time, they and the villagers who were still in Hamlet did not know that there were still five nights left.
The next day, a businessman hiding in his home received a phone call from a thin and thin army sergeant known by a villager. His name is Bajo, and Bajo often
Baggio told Mohammed Zubair that the military would seize one of his passenger ships.
Zubair, 40, believes that in this case he has no choice but to give it to them.
He sent the boat and the captain to the dock of the nearby military camp.
The police accepted the key and warned the captain: "You will also be killed.
The captain finally escaped unscathed and escaped with others.
Zubair said he had been following up to see what his ship would look like.
He said he watched with horror as the army began to pile up ships with bodies, one after another like wood, including two 13-year-olds --year-
The old boy he knew.
"I saw this faint," zobir said . ".
He believed the body had been thrown into the river.
On the third day, Rafique's mother, 35-year-old Khalida Begum, was tired of moving from house to house with four other children, eager for news of her son.
After her husband died a few years ago, she raised them on her own by the tailor's salary, so she was very close to the children.
They managed to get to the jungle and she saw Rafique lying still under the tree.
She ran to him and covered his face happily with a kiss.
At first he was so lost that he did not recognize her.
But soon both cried.
On the sixth day, worried about the growing dangers, the residents of Maung Nu decided to start walking north as a group to the border with Bangladesh.
They walked for eight days with little food, banana leaves and streams of water.
The children sobbed.
With Rafique on his back, Showife is a teenager who walks through consciousness.
After a while, their legs began to swell.
In the end, they reached a crossroads on a hill with a simple pillar on it, and they understood that it meant that they had reached Bangladesh.
It is at 4: 30 pm. It was raining.
Before they were a new refugee city, thousands of makeshift tents were made of bamboo poles covered with black plastic cloth.
The villagers knew that when they went down the mountain, the front was a difficult time and slipped in the mud.
A few days later, when some of them closed their eyes, they could see the lifeless bodies of their neighbors and hear gunfire.
But there was a little cheer on the pillar.
"I am very happy," Khalida Begum said . ".
"I'm crazy. I'm excited.
We're safe now, I think.
"A few days later, when she recalled the moment, tears filled her eyes.
It was the first time she had convinced herself what others had hoped to help Rafique get out of the village: her son would live.
Mushfique Wadud contributed to this report.