Helicopters opened fire on boats carrying Rohingya Muslims heading to Bangladesh and fleeing sectarian violence in west Myanmar (Burma), according to refugees who survived the sea ordeal.
(Payback’s a bitch. The Myanmar violence was in retaliation for Muslims raping and killing Buddhist women and children. This is what happens when you piss all over your Buddhist host country, even your Muslim home country doesn’t want your sorry asses back)
The Myanmar government told the Bangladeshi High Commission that terrorist group Jamaat-e-Islam is arming the Muslims in Myanmar to promote violence against the Buddhists.
Rohingya The refugees said they witnessed children drowning and starving to death during their perilous journey. The shooting took place after Bangladesh border guards turned back six boats of refugees as they tried to enter the country from neighbouring Myanmar across the river Naf to Teknaf town in the southernmost part of mainland Bangladesh, the witnesses told RFA.
“We floated in the sea for four days and my younger brother starved to death,” said Minara Begum, a 10-year-old girl, speaking through an interpreter.
“We had six boats. Then a helicopter came and opened fire, and three boats were lost, all of those people [in them] were killed,” She did not specify the exact date of the incident, which occurred earlier this month, or whether the helicopters were from Myanmar or Bangladesh.
Minara Begum, who is from Sittwe, the capital of violence-hit Rakhine state in Myanmar, is among a group of refugees sheltered and hidden from the authorities by a Bangladeshi woman.
The woman said she was moved by the plight of the Rohingyas, a stateless people described by the U.N. as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
Mohammed Islam, a young father also from Sittwe, said he was among those who left in the group of six boats, three of which he said came under helicopter fire.
“Because we couldn’t endure the torture (not torture, RETALIATION for Muslim crime against peaceful Buddhists), we took six boats and left our homeland,” he said, citing burning of homes and mosques and killings and other sectarian violence triggered in the first week of June in which he said two of his children and up to 25 of his relatives died.
“Three [boats] were together and three became separated from the group,” he said. “These three that fell behind were set on fire by the helicopters.”
At least 2,000 Rohingyas have tried to enter Bangladesh following the violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine state in Myanmar since early June but most were either turned back or detained.
Bangladesh says its resources are already too strained and has refused to accept the Rohingyas despite appeals from the United Nations to grant them refugee status.
Myanmar considers the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship while Bangladesh says Rohingya have been living there for centuries and should be recognized there as citizens.