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More terrified Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A Rohingya Muslim carries an elderly woman through water after crossing the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh, yesterday.


It's a scene that has played out over and over again with heartbreaking regularity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution in Myanmar and escaped to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Yesterday, at least 2,000 exhausted and starving people waited in rice paddy fields at one border crossing for Bangladesh border guards to let them enter. Evening fell, with no permission granted.

So they waited, crouched in the muddy fields. The children carried even younger siblings. The elderly were helped along by relatives.

All of them were hungry and exhausted as they waited. Some collapsed. Others wept as they clung to their children.

The exodus of Rohingya Muslims started August 25 when a group of insurgents attacked dozens of police posts in Myanmar. The retribution from Myanmar's authorities was swift and brutal.

The violence, which the United Nations describes as ethnic cleansing, has pushed more than 600,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh.