Terrified farmers and families with children in Myanmar are fleeing into India as the military junta that seized power in a February coup continues to seek out and eliminate resistance along the country’s border.
The Tatmadaw, as the Myanmar military is known, has targeted areas that are home to thousands of armed civilians who call themselves the People’s Defense Force. Soldiers have fired rocket launchers into residential neighborhoods, burned down homes, cut off internet access and food supplies, and even shot at fleeing civilians, according to residents.
For more than seven decades, armed conflict, political repression and targeted campaigns against minorities like the Rohingya have forced hundreds of thousands of people from Myanmar to seek refuge in other countries. Many more are now expected to follow.
DHAKA, Nov 14 (Bernama): Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on the global leaders to “act seriously” in order to facilitate the early and safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Myanmar, reported Anadolu Agency (AA).
“The world must act seriously to make sure that these people (Rohingya) can go back to Myanmar soon,” Hasina stated this week in Paris during the Fourth Edition of the Paris Peace Forum, 2021.
Her speech at the forum, which was also attended by United States Vice President Kamala Harris and other world leaders, was streamed live by private media outlets.
Aid groups say they are preparing for a flood of refugees, but are concerned that countries surrounding Myanmar such as Thailand may push them back. In Chin State in the northwest of Myanmar, an entire town of roughly 12,000 people has nearly emptied out in the past month. Residents have reported a large buildup of troops in recent weeks, signaling a potential wider crackdown by the Tatmadaw and leaving many people desperate to escape.