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Hindu villagers react as they identify the bodies of their relatives found in a mass in the north of Myanmar's Rakhine state
Hindu villagers react as they identify the bodies of their relatives found in a mass grave in Rakhine state of Myanmar. voa
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Four days ago, Myanmar Police had recovered 28 dead bodies of from a Hindu Mass Grave, and it was only a few hours that, 17 more bodies were recovered by the police on Monday.

Since the day this conflict has started the situation for Hindus has been worsening in Myanmar.

On Wednesday, the corpses found by police were kept on display for the press. Some of the journalists were taken to the location where Hindu Mass Grave was found by the military.

According to VOA journalists, who visited the location said that total 45 bodies were on the display, the condition of bodies was very bad.

The Burmese staff of VOA said that the bodies were found blindfolded with their hands tied and their throat slit.

Their relatives and family were standing in a line and identifying the corpses. That scene was so horrific that even the journalists were also in a shock.

The Blame Game

After Myanmar Police discovered these corpses, the Military and the terrorist organization ARSA have been playing blame games among themselves.

Myanmar Military says that ARSA, which is an Islamic organization, is behind the Hindu Mass Murder.

But recently ARSA issued a press letter on its Twitter account, in which they have denied any role behind Hindu Mass Murder. “Burmese Govt has to Stop ‘Victim Blaming’, Allow Investigations into Atrocities; ARSA Denies of Targetting Civilians” said the press release.

What are these terrorist?

ARSA stands for ‘Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army’, also known by the name Harakat al-Yaqee.

ARSA claims that it is fighting on behalf of Rohingya Muslims, and are in the continuous clash with the government since last October.

The leader of Militant group ARSA is a man called Ata Ullah. He is the one who is said to be responsible for the conflict and death of thousands of people in the Rakhine state and the nearby areas.

Who is behind Hindu Mass Murders?

There is a possibility that killings may have been done under a Propaganda.

Myanmar military may have done this to invoke India and frame ARSA as the culprits behind the Hindu Mass Murder.

As per the information villagers gave to VOA reporters, Some Hindus were in favor of the government, so they were murdered.

While three different women, when approached individually, told reporters which was common among all three of them.

They said that, on 25 August night, a group of masked men came and about 100 Hindus were taken captive and were taken to the Mass Grave area.

Later some of them were identified as Rohingya Muslims by the people there.

While the accusations fly, the bodies await cremation. Police have been guarding the site of the mass graves, lighting fires at night to keep wild dogs away.

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Nearly 58% of Rohingya Refugees are Kids Suffering from Severe Malnutrition, Says UN Report

The report highlights the dangers these Rohingya minors faced during the attacks when they were in Myanmar or when they were fleeing the repression to Bangladesh.

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Displaced Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. Wikimedia.

Bangladesh, October 20, 2017 : Nearly fifty-eight per cent of the about 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children who suffer from severe malnutrition, a UN report released said.

The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) report also said that these children were highly exposed to infectious diseases, Efe news reported.

“In a sense it’s no surprise that they must truly see this place as a hell on earth,” said Simon Ingram, Unicef official and author of the report.

Titled “Outcast and Desperate: Rohingya refugee children face a perilous future” was released at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

After two weeks in Cox’s Bazar, a southern Bangladesh town where nearly 600,000 newly arrived refugees are crammed into a crowd of 200,000 Rohingyas who had fled earlier, Ingram described the situation fraught with “despair, misery and indescribable suffering”.

The report highlights the dangers these Rohingya minors faced during the attacks when they were in Myanmar or when they were fleeing the repression to Bangladesh.

The report also highlighted several drawings of children with uniformed soldiers killing people and helicopters spraying bullets from the sky.

In mid-August, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) carried out a coordinated attack on security posts in Myanmar, sparking a violent response from the military which led to thousands of Rohingyas in Rakhine state fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

Ingram explained that very little is known about what is happening in Rakhine, since humanitarian agencies have not been able to enter the region since August.

Most of the refugees “are already undernourished, since the repression also included the burning of food stores and the destruction of crops”, he said.

According to the Unicef estimates, one in every five children under the age of five is suffering from acute malnutrition and about 14,500 suffer severe acute malnutrition.

Ingram explained that the main danger of infectious diseases have been mitigated with the vaccination campaign against cholera, measles and polio, but much remains to be done to tackle these risks.

He added the situation worsened with the lack of clean drinking water as these children consumed only contaminated water which is another main source of infection.

With regard to child protection, the expert welcomed the fact that the number of unaccompanied children had decreased to 800, with the identification tasks carried out by the various humanitarian agencies on the ground.

Regarding sexual abuse or forced or early marriages, Ingram explained that for now they have only punctual evidence, but that it is a real risk in any situation such as in Cox’s Bazar.

What does occur relatively frequently, he said, is child labour.

In the area of protection, the essential issue is the status of these people.

Not only do they have to be recognized as refugees, but also that newborns in the countryside or along the way, he said, should be able to obtain some kind of birth certificate.

Unicef and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are negotiating with the Bangladeshi authorities the possibility of issuing birth certificates for newborn Rohingyas, but the talks are still in process.

The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority that Myanmar does not recognize as citizens and are therefore stateless. (IANS)