Kamila Stepien

Photojournalist & Filmmaker
I saw my child burning - Rohingya Crisis / Women Rights
Location: Paris
Nationality: polish
Biography: Her passion is to mix cinematographic framing, and fantasy and intense colors  posed on sometimes terrible stories that she tells. obsessed with documenting the consequences of current conflicts and the policies that reign in the world on the... read on
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I saw my child burning - Rohingya Crisis / Women Rights

Rohingya, focus on the women: the stigma of genocide

Discriminated, persecuted, tortured, raped... For years, Rohingya women have been the first victims of the terror imposed by the Burmese military. Their bruised bodies, their striking accounts bear witness to what the United Nations has recently called "a case of a school of ethnic cleansing". But Bangladesh, where they have found refuge in recent weeks, is far from being a land of hope. While NGOs are trying to set up care programmes, the Bangladeshi authorities fear that these women will become easy prey to human trafficking. In the Bay of Bengal, on the long road from Cox's Bazar to Teknaf, hundreds of emaciated silhouettes line the asphalt. Kneeling on the aisle, with their eyes lost, women and children hope, in an oppressive sweat, that passers-by will offer them some money. That day, Fatema is with her children and her sister-in-law. They arrived in Bangladesh ten days earlier to escape the massacres of the Burmese military. Her husband is missing. His foot, trapped in barbed wire during his escape, hurt him. She doesn't have enough money to buy drugs. So, she waits, fear and hunger in her stomach, for help that is barely coming. According to the latest official figures, 515,000 Rohingya have taken refuge in the Cox's Bazar region, near the Burmese border, since 25 August. Among them, 25,000 women are estimated to be pregnant and 200,000 of childbearing age. Some are cared for by NGOs or find some comfort in local hospitals. Others, more numerous, survive in makeshift camps or lost in the many forests. According to NGOs, nearly half of the women monitored were victims of sexual violence. And the worst could happen again. Isolated, defenceless and undocumented, they could be targeted by malicious men. 


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