The head of the UN’s migration company stated he is “shocked and concerned” about reports of sexual and gender-based violence amongst new Rohingya arrivals in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The International Organization for Migration’s Director-General William Lacy Swing made the feedback on Wednesday as Rohingya refugees who escaped an army crackdown in Myanmar accused the military of raping girls and women.
Myanmar’s executive denies the claims, however has refused to permit global observers to research.
IOM is coordinating the humanitarian reaction amid an exodus of an estimated 480,000 individuals who have reached Cox’s Bazar since August 25.
An company remark on Wednesday stated IOM docs have handled dozens of girls who skilled “violent sexual assault” since August, however stated such numbers most probably constitute just a “small portion” of exact instances.
Swing stated such “egregious violence and abuse is underreported” even in additional solid eventualities.
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“Particularly women and girls, but also men and boys, have been targeted for and are at risk of further exploitation, violence and abuse simply because of their gender, age and status in society,” stated Swing.
“IOM is supporting survivors but I cannot emphasize enough that attempting to understand the scale of gender-based violence through known case numbers alone is impossible.”
It is estimated about 160,000 Rohingya girls and younger ladies have arrived in Bangladesh prior to now month.
Two sisters who spoke to Al Jazeera stated they had been raped through Myanmar squaddies.
“The military tortured us,” stated 25-year-old Minara, who gave just one identify. “They murdered our parents. They took us to the jungle. They pushed us down on the ground.”
Her sister Aziza, 22, stated she was once raped through two males and turned into subconscious.
The two sisters had been rescued through different refugees who helped them go a river into Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh talk of ‘horrors in Myanmar’
Source: Al Jazeera and information businesses
28 Sep 2017 05:17 GMTAsia, Myanmar, Rape, War & Conflict