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6 Dead and Dozens Missing after Rohingya Boat Capsizes in Naff River

RB News
September 13, 2017

Maungdaw -- A boat carrying ethnic Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized on Monday (Sept 13) night after a gang of pirates attempted to rob them in the Naff river, killing at least 6 people, according to reliable sources.

And with dozens still missing, it is feared that the death toll could rise up to at least 39 that include men, women and children.

The boat was carrying over 50 displaced Rohingya people escaping from brutal massacres, systematic arsons, tortures and rapes being carried out by the Myanmar armed forces (the military and the BGP) and the Rakhine Buddhist extremists in Northern Arakan since August 25.

Six dead bodies were found agrounded on the Naff river bank in Bangladesh, according to local fishermen.

11 people survived from the horrific incident, who told us what had happened. Of the survivors, three are men, 2 teenagers and one woman. All are from Buthidaung Township.

Since August 25, we have been witnessing widespread arson attacks on Rohingya villages, burning down villages one by one, horrific massacres and summary executions of countless (Rohingya) civilians, rapes against women, massive displacements, unimaginable stream of refugee exodus into Bangladesh and unimaginable horrors of atrocity crimes.

Almost two third of ethnic Rohingya people in Northern Arakan have been displaced and villages depoulated by the Myanmar armed forces under pretext of responding to attacks on some police posts and military bases by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on early August 25 morning.

The UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein has called the violence against Rohingya 'a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.'

Below are some figures of Rohingya civilians killed/executed, displaced and forced to flee to Bangladesh and the numbers of villages affected, damaged, partially burnt or entirely burnt down.

1. Number killed, excecuted, or burnt or shot death: Over 3,500

2. Remained Internally displaced with no shelter and food in Northern Arakan: Over 200,000

3. Numbers fled to Bangladesh: more than 300 000

4. Numbers of people arbitrarily detained: Over 2,000

7. Villages (hamlets) damaged; burnt partially or wholly in 3 townships (Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung): Over 170

[Note: All figures give above are approximations based on our reports and trends of violence. We'll come up with figures as exactly as possible once the situation calms down.]


[Reported by Rohingya Eye, Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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