Since the beginning of August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya from Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority who have resided in Myanmar for generations, have long been considered immigrants from Bangladesh by the Myanmar government. Denied citizenship and vulnerable to abuse, the United Nations considers them to be the world’s most persecuted minority. The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared, “The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.” Mass rape of women and girls has been reported by Rohingya who have fled their villages in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Victims also report wide spread torching of villages along with executions. Children were not spared abuse and murder by Myanmar soldiers. Most recently, Major General Maung Maung Soe of the Myanmar army has been sanctioned by United States for leading one of the most brutal attacks that occurred in the Rakhine state village of Tula Toli. Those that were able to flee Myanmar have shared their stories with me; allowing me to photograph them in the intimacy of their refugee camp tent.
By Bethanie Mitchell —
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