Burned To The Ground

Burned To The Ground.

From the information that Reuters had pieced together recently from the Inn Din village incident (1st article below), with personal accounts from survivors and villagers, along with the systematic patterns of widespread destruction of Rohingya villages throughout the Rahkine Province (2nd report below), there appears to be overwhelming evidence that ethnic cleansing took place. Although the government blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army militants for their retaliation, what subsequently followed was no more than an excuse to drive the Rohingya people across the border, which resulted in over 700,000 Rohingyas uprooting themselves and crossing over into Bangladesh, within a couple of weeks of the commencement of the atrocities. Recent attempts at repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to Myanmar raised international concerns as the centres built for the returnees looked more like detention camps with high barbed-wire fences around them and military personnel on guard. The Myanmar government has so far prevented access to the Rakhine by international observers, including the United Nations, and the arrest of two Reuters’ reporters who were attempting to investigate these atrocities, implies attempts to cover-up crimes against humanity.

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