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Rohingyan refugees recall treacherous journey into Bangladesh

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Recently-arrived Rohingyan refugees recalled their dangerous journeys into Bangladesh from their makeshift camps on Saturday.

Nearly 69,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar security forces responded to attacks on border posts four months ago.

Dozens of the others who arrived in Bangladesh this past week have settled at the Balokhali refugee camp near the coastal town of Cox's Bazar. The camp currently houses over 1,000 families.

QUOTE: Thursday (February 9) morning I was going to the mosque with a neighbor when a group of soldiers stopped us and asked where we were going. I said that were going to prayer but the they fired at my friend's leg and then I quickly ran away to save myself. Later on Friday morning I entered Bangladesh with my family," said refugee surnamed Abdullah as he prepared a makeshift hut.

Harun Ur Rashid said he was shot by Myanmar security forces when fleeing.

QUOTE; We were crossing into Bangladesh two months ago in the very early morning as a group when the military suddenly fired on us. Thud, thud ! (sound of guns) One bullet hit my leg, one friend and a cousin were killed; said Rashid.
Another refugee described Myanmar security burning their homes before being forced to flee.

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