Dispatch from Bangladesh: “We are not afraid of anything. We want our stories to be told”


February 24th—February 26, 2018 Our Standing with Rohingya Women delegation is well underway— the Nobel laureates are on the ground and with our partner, Bangladeshi women’s activist organization, Naripokkho, have visited and heard the stories of Rohingya women on the Bangladesh-Burma border firsthand. 

The delegation officially began Saturday [24 February 2018] with an orientation session at the Naripokkho offices to learn more about the situation of Rohingya refugees.

We also met with Rohingya teacher, lawyer, and researcher, Razia Sultana, to discuss her newly launched report “Rape by Command: Sexual violence as a weapon against the Rohingya”.

Yesterday was the sixth-month anniversary of the latest cycle of military violence in Burma. Nobel Peace Laureates, Tawakkol Karman and Mairead Maguire visited the Kutupalong and Balukhali refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, where they heard from five Rohingya women who survived rape at the hands of the Burmese military.

“The military surrounded and burned the houses. They took all the young beautiful girls and raped them.”

Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi joined the delegation today, as they met with Commissioner for Refugees, Relief and Repatriation, Abul Kalam. In the afternoon the laureates visited the women’s spaces at the Thyankhali refugee camp to meet with Rohingya women where they were told more stories of rape, torture, and murder.

 

Nobel Women’s Initiative

Read also:

Standing with Rohingya Women: Three Peace Laureates in Bangladesh

“Gang-Rape by Multiple Soldiers, Forced Public Nudity and Sexual Slavery in Military Captivity against (Muslim) Rohingya Women and Girls”

Fresh Threats Loom over 720,000 (Muslim) Rohingya Children ‘Cast Adrift, Trapped in Limbo’ – UNICEF

Rohingya Refugees Face Immense Health Needs in Crowded Mega Camps — UN

Rohingya Children Draw Their Dreams: And It Looks Like Home…

At Least 100,000 Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Could Be in ‘Grave Danger’ from Landslides and Floods

2018 Human Wrongs Watch

 

 

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