UPDATE 19 October 2017: More than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled from a Myanmar military campaign of violence in Rakhine State launched in late August that has been denounced by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing. Many more flee every day and we need YOU to help stop the violence against the Rohingya people who fled for their lives and are now living in desperate conditions in neighbouring Bangladesh. We know pressure works — please keep taking action to have your voice heard!
In less than 4 weeks, more than 400,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to nearby Bangladesh. Reports are flooding in of killings by the Myanmar security forces, as satellite images suggest that entire villages have been burned.
Many more are risking their lives by trying to escape in fishing boats, travelling from Myanmar to Bangladesh – some are badly injured, and with children.
All the refugees are confirming that the attacks are by the Myanmar security forces.
Thousands of people – mostly Rohingya – are also believed to be stranded in the mountains of northern Rakhine State. They are being denied basic aid because NGOs and humanitarian organisations are not being allowed access to the area.
This isn’t the first time Myanmar Security Forces have abused Rohingyas – in the last year, they have tortured, raped, arrested and disappeared many of them, and destroyed their homes and property.