Myanmar‘s horrific persecution still haunts Rohingya victims who have taken refuge at different camps in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar
They cannot forget the horrifying incidents for a while which they experienced in their own country and during their terrible journey to Bangladesh.
Ayesha Begum, 40, was living with her 60-year-old disabled husband and 10 children at a house at Kawar Beel in Maungdaw. Of the children, six were daughters and four sons.
“Like all other days, we were preparing for our dinner around 9:00pm.
Suddenly, we heard gunshots and saw that nearby houses were on fire,” she said.
“We fled from our house without wasting time. Suddenly, my six-year-old daughter Nurunnahar sustained bullet injuries and died on the spot,” said Ayesha.
“We fled with the body and took shelter at a nearby locality. My beloved daughter was buried there before we set for an uncertain journey,” she said.
Octogenarian Ilias lamented for failing to bury his son who was killed by Myanmar army.
“Without any announcement, the military men started spraying bullets at our village at Boli Bazar under Maungdaw district. They shot dead my son, Mahtab, 30, in front of us,” he said.
“In a bid to save our lives, we left the village leaving the body of my son behind. Later, we came to know that the body was taken away by the army men,” Ilias said.
“I am so unfortunate that I could not bury my son,” said Ilias while tears rolled down his eyes.
He also informed that a number of ailing elderly persons along with their family members died while they were heading towards Bangladesh.
“Relatives buried the bodies beside ae road offering Janaza without any bath or shroud,” he said, adding that the terrific experiences still haunt them every moment.
Another Jakir Ahmed too expressed her painful experience of witnessing rape of his wife by three army men in front of him.
“They entered my house and beat up me before raping my wife. But, I could not help her,” said Jakir holding back tears.
There are thousands of similar stories of Rohingya refugees, who took shelter at makeshift camps in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas.
They want to go back to their ancestral land as citizens of Myanmar.