Published on 19th February 2018

Rohingya Massacre survivors

  • Rashida, 25.
    Rohingya Tu Lar To Li massacre survivor.
    Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    When the Burmese army attacked Tu Lar To Li, trapping hundreds on the river’s edge, the women and children were kept in the water under guard, while the soldiers systematically killed the men.

    Then, the soldiers began to take away the women and children in small groups. Rashida was taken to a house with 4 other women. At the house, the soldiers grabbed her 28-day-old baby from her and smashed it to death. Two other women had their three-month old babies killed in the same way.

    The soldiers began killing the 5 women with their machetes and knives. Rashida was stabbed and had her throat cut. When the soldiers were done, they locked the house and set it on fire. Rashida woke up in the burning house and managed to break through a bamboo wall to escape. She was the only survivor.

  • Fatima, 15.
    (NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT HER IDENTITY)
    Rohingya Tu Lar To Li massacre survivor.
    Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    Fatima survived a massacre of Rohingya at Tu Lar To Li in Burma. She is 15 years old. She watched as soldiers beat her 10 year old sister to death. They then beat Fatima unconscious. She woke up in a burning house and managed to escape.

  • Khadija Begum, 15.
    (NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT HER IDENTITY)
    Rohingya survivor.
    Thing Khali Guinna para camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    Khadija's family members were caught by the Burmese military and shot when the family tired to flee. She lost her mother, two brothers and a sister all at once. She was raped soon after, as she continued to flee.

  • Khatiza Begum, 42.
    Rohingya Tu Lar To Li massacre survivor.
    Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    Khatiza's 3 month old infant daughter was killed in front of her. She was then beaten unconscious in house that was set in fire. She lost 7 members of her family in the massacre.

  • Karima Khatun, 21.
    Rohingya Sho Pran massacre survivor.
    Thaing Khali Rohingya refugee camp, Bangladesh.

    Karima's two and a half year old son, Mohammed Anas, was wounded when an RPG landed in their yard. "Mum I've burning in my face" he said as she ran with him in her arms to a nearby paddy field to escape the Burmese army attack. There, Mohammed and Karima were struck by the same bullet, that tore through Mohammed's abdomen and into Karima's arm. She tried to bandage his torso with a scarf but Mohammed died as she held him. Karima lost 8 family members that day, including her infant son, her husband and her brother.

  • Rajuma Begum, 20.
    Rohingya Tu Lar To Li massacre survivor.
    Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    Rajuma survived the massacre at Tu Lar To Li. She watched the attackers kill her infant son, before brutally assaulting her and leaving her for dead in a burning house. They also killed her mother, her two sisters, and several members of her extended family.

  • Sofura Khatun, 60.
    Sho Pran massacre survivor.

    Sofura's adopted child was killed, so was her brother. Her granddaughter, Jamila, was shot in the shoulder and they escaped together.

    Thaing Khali refugee camp, Cox's bazar, Bangladesh.

  • Shawfiqa, 24.
    Rohingya Tu Lar To Li massacre survivor.
    Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    Shawfiqa survived the Burmese army massacre at Tu Lar To Li, Burma.

  • Shamina Yasmin, 25, and her daughter Sharmin Yasmin, one month.
    Rohingya Taung Bazar survivor.
    Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    Shamina Yasmin gave birth to her daughter, Sharmin, in a forest after fleeing a Burmese army attack on her village, Taung Bazar. When her waters broke Shamina had been walking for four days-- she'd not eaten, had no water and laboured all night occasionally attended to by another fleeing woman who used a thorn from forest cane to cut Sharmin's umbilical cord when she was delivered. It took another 10 days for them to reach Bangladesh.

  • Mumtaz Begum, 30.
    Tu Lar To Li massacre survivor.

    Mumtaz saw her 3 children killed in front of her. She and one surviving daughter (7 year old Rajia) managed to escape a burning house. Rajia was slashed across the head with a machete. Mumtaz has sever burn injuries.

Rohingya Massacre survivors

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