The leaders of the world have widely been ignoring the violence in Myanmar. Dozens of babies have burned to death, women have been raped after their husbands were murdered and the number of people who have been forced to flee the Asian country continues to rise. A Sky News team recently documented the mass migration of the Rohingya people from Rakhine State.
Watch: Thousands flee Rakhine State
A Sky News team recently visited Rakhine State, Myanmar, where the Rohingya people are being persecuted, abused, raped and murdered as part of the government’s widespread crackdown targeting the minority group. Sky News’ Alex Crawford explained that she “witnessed scenes of shocking deprivation and desperation among thousands of stranded Rohingya Muslims.” Crawford added that weak women and infants are sometimes left to die on beaches because they cannot travel.
According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since the end of the August. The agency added that more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees were recorded in Bangladesh in early October but stressed that the number increases daily.
Young Rohingya refugees Photo Credit: EPA-EFE
On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman stated that the crisis in Myanmar “looks like ethnic cleansing.” He added that the British government is appalled by the atrocities being committed in Rakhine State.
“It’s a major humanitarian crisis. It’s been created by Burma’s military,” he continued, using the country’s former name. “Burmese authorities need to stop the violence and ensure access into Rakhine State so that UK aid can provide a lifeline to those who are suffering there.”