Rohingya Orphans, Rape Victims in refugee camp demand ‘International Protection and Justice’
By the Stateless Rohingya
To mark the second year of organised campaign of genocide by Myanmar Security Forces unfolded on October 9, 2016, the survivors of genocide in Tankhali Refugee Camp demand the international justice and protection
The memorial day was organised by ‘Voice of Rohingya”, attended by hundreds of Rohingya children who have lost their parents, women whose husbands were killed, and girls and women who were raped by the security forces following two orchestrated campaigns of genocide in October 2016 and August 2017.
The two campaigns resulted in the expulsion of nearly 800,000 Rohingya from their homes in northern Rakhine State, which the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar coined it bearing “genocidal intents” for committing widespread mass-killings, gang-rape, enforced disappearance, destruction of villages and livelihood and mass forceful exodus.
According to Bangladesh Department of Social Services (DoSS), there are a total of 36,673 Rohingya orphans living in 12 Rohingya camps and 12.5% of them are still without any shelter.
Holding banners and posters were the Rohingya orphans, who demand “International Protection”, “Justice” and prosecution of “Myanmar Army at ICC (International Criminal Court)”.
“Our parents were killed by Myanmar Military. We are removed from our homes. Now we are orphans. Therefore, we came here to seek for justice from the international community,” said one of the orphans.
The survivors of rape “used as a weapon” by the military were among the attendants during the memorial day held from 2:30 to 4:00pm.
The organiser described “Rape victims still await justice”.
One of the victims of rape who saw her husband killed, stressed, “we demand the justice from the international community for killing our husbands, our children and making homeless and widows.”
Many of the victims suffer enormous psychological trauma and difficulty in upbringing children born from rapes.
Many independent investigations including the Fact-Finding Mission and the reports of UN Special Rapporteur Ms. Yanghee Lee, found that the security forces were commanded to use raped as a weapon systematically against Rohingya girls and women to dehumanise, traumatise, terrorise and kill during the campaign of genocide.