Rohingya female narrates to Pope Francis on Myanmar soldiers’ humiliation

POPE Francis who is in Bangladesh is scheduled to meet various Rohingya communities to hear various accounts that have led to accusations from UN.

Rohingya female narrates to Pope Francis on Myanmar soldiers’ humiliation

POPE Francis who is in Bangladesh is scheduled to meet various Rohingya communities to hear various accounts that have led to accusations from UN.

01 December 2017 Friday 16:05
Rohingya female narrates to Pope Francis on Myanmar soldiers’ humiliation

By Azania Post Reporter

POPE Francis who is in Bangladesh is scheduled to meet various Rohingya communities to hear various accounts that have led to accusations from UN.

One of Rohingya muslim from Mynamar will meet Pope this afternoon in the hope that he can help her look for justice for the abuse she suffered at the hands of soldiers.

The head of Catholic Church, visiting both Myanmar and Bangladesh this week, has called for decisive measures to resolve the political reasons that caused Rohingya to flee from Myanmar and urged help for Bangladesh to deal with and influx of some 625,000 refugees since late August.

“They captured me and some other women, tortured us,” the woman told Reuters in the office of an aid group in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

Myanmar’s army has denied all accusations of rape and killings by the security forces. It said an internal investigation found no evidence of rape or killings by the security forces.

The woman whose name will not be published or that of her husband, who was with her in Dhaka as she gave her account.

The couple said they fled from their village in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August, soon after the army launched a crackdown following attacks on security posts by Rohingya militants.

The woman said that on the fourth day of her 17-day-trek to the safety of a refugee camp in Bangladesh, she was raped by Myanmar soldiers after she got separated briefly from her husband.

“I will share my pain with him,” the woman said of the pope, referring to him the “head of the Christians”.

Her husband sighed as she narrated how she was raped along with nearly a dozen other women by a stream.

“I will tell him about the stinking bodies we saw on our way to Bangladesh. I want him to recognize us as Rohingya. I want my torturers to be punished,” she said.

New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch this month accused Myanmar security forces of committing widespread rape as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

The United States has said the campaign by Myanmar’s military included “horrendous atrocities” aimed at “ethnic cleansing”.

The pope celebrated a huge outdoor Mass on Friday to ordain new priests from Bangladesh on his first full day in the country after arriving from Myanmar.

Reuters

Updated: 02.12.2017 10:23
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