Shortly after the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar broke out at the end of August, 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the state of Rakhine in one month. That is what MSF claims in a research published this Thursday.
Of the total of nine thousand Rohingya who died between August 25 and September 24, according to doctors without borders, 71 percent lost their lives as a direct result of violence. Among them were over 700 children.
The figures are based on research conducted in November in refugee camps in the district of Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, near the border with Myanmar. The Myanmar government spoke of around four hundred deaths.
Drone footage shows the size of the Rohingya refugee flow
After Rohingya rebels attacked police posts in protest about their position in Myanmar, the army immediately responded with retaliatory actions. According to MSF, a third of the Rohingya’s were shot and killed. Nine percent is believed to have been burned alive, and five percent of the people were beaten to death.
“The result is stunning, not only the number of people who have lost a family member but also the horrible forms of violence that people in refugee camps told us about,” MSF said in their public statement.
After the violence erupted, an estimated 60,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh. At the end of November, both countries claimed they had taken their first steps towards the return of the refugees.