Rohingya children are witnessing horrific violence as they flee their homes in Myanmar. We know this because children themselves have told our staff their stories first hand.
Large numbers of Rohingya have been forced to flee southeast, across the border into Bangladesh since attacks heightened in late August. Now more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees, over half of whom are children, are living in makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
Today we have published ‘Horrors I will never forget’, a report which shines a light on the unimaginable things children have experienced and witnessed in Myanmar.
These children have asked us to share their stories so that the world knows what horrors have happened to them. Stories of children killed and maimed. Stories of children seeing their parents murdered right in front of them. Stories of children burnt alive in their homes. Stories of children, some as young as 12 years old, raped and sexually abused.
With almost 60% of the refugee population under the age of 18 this is truly a children’s emergency, and this collection of testimonies gives these children a voice. By recording these grave violations against children, we send a clear message to those responsible: these atrocities will not be tolerated.
Act now. Stand up for Rohingya children
On Monday 20 November foreign ministers from Asia and Europe are meeting in Myanmar. It’s an opportunity to tell world leaders, including our Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, to do more to urgently protect Rohingya children.
That’s why we call on world leaders gathered in Myanmar next week to speak out about the situation for Rohingya children and use their diplomatic influence to ensure the Myanmar Government:
- Stops violence in Northern Rakhine State
- Allows full and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need in Rakhine State
- Permits the UN Fact-finding mission full access to Myanmar
- Supports the return of Rohingya refugees to their places of origin in a voluntary, safe, sustainable and dignified manner
- Begins a process to bring perpetrators to justice