These Rohingya women escaped persecution. Now, they’re fighting for justice.

SINCE August, more than 680,000 Rohingya have fled Burma’s Rakhine state. To escape persecution, they crossed the border into Bangladesh, where they now occupy about 24 refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar.

For years, the Rohingya, an ethnically distinct Muslim minority, have clashed with the majority Buddhist population in Burma, also known as Myanmar. The Burmese government refuses to recognize the Rohingya as Burmese citizens and has subjected them to decades of violent repression. Last year’s crackdown, which began Aug. 25, was the most brutal yet. Villages were burned to the ground as the Burmese army allegedly kidnapped, tortured, raped and slaughtered thousands of Rohingya. Those who survived remain physically and emotionally scarred as they try to carry on with their lives in crowded camps that, despite humanitarian aid, lack adequate resources…

The Lily (The Washington Post) | May 30th 2018

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