At least eight Hindu women lost their fathers and husbands at village Kha Maung Seik in northern Maungdaw in Myanamar at the hands of the country’s army for their unwillingness to participate in the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
The Hindu women are Rika Bala, 27, wife of Poban Sil, Ganga Bala, 20, wife of Poban Dhar, Mino Bala, 22, wife of Rangit Dhar, Josna Bala, 25, wife of Binonda Dhar, Anika Bala, 15, wife of Milingya Sil, Sosil Bala,
20, wife of Srimonta Sil and Shawrassati Rajkomari, 18, daughter of Milon Sil and mother of Rina Bala, all of them from the same village.
They told New Age at Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp that they were living at Kha Maung Seik in a northern Maungdaw with Rohingya Muslims.
‘We had friendly atmosphere there. But the Myanmar military and Buddhists killed our husbands and fathers because they were unwilling to take part in killing Rohingya Muslims in our village,’ said Rika Bala.
Anika Bala, 15, wife of Milinga Sil, said, ‘I am carrying for six months. Myanmar military and Buddhists community killed my husband for not participating in killing and ousting Rohingya Muslims. I have lost everything. I have no father and mother as they died earlier.’
She said they came with Rohingya Muslims from their homeland Myanmar with only the clothes they were wearing.
‘Buddhists community and Myanmar militaries ordered them to take part in killing “foes” and ousting Rohingya Muslims from their homesteads. But my father did not take part in this killing. Later, Buddhists community and Myanmar military caught my father from house and killed him. As my mother tried to save my father, she was also killed by them,’ lamented Shawrassati Rajkomari.
They all came with others Rohingya Muslims through Tumbro borderline and arrived at Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp.
They are living with the Muslims, said Rohingya leader Mohammad Noor.
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