Rohingya survivor: The army threw my baby into a fire

From Al Jazeera - October 13, 2017

Cox's Bazar - Sitting on the cold, dusty floor of a ramshackle tent in Kutupalong - one of Bangladesh's largest Rohingya refugee camps - Rajuma struggles to contain her grief as she describes the night her baby son was brutally murdered.

With pain etched on her face, she recounts in detail the day Myanmar's army attacked Tula Tuli, her isolated village in northern Rakhine state.

"My baby was in my lap when the soldiers hit me," she says, her voice crackling with emotion as tears begin rolling down her cheeks.

"He fell out of my arms. Then they pulled me closer to the wall and I could hear that he was crying. Then after a few minutes, I could hear that they were hitting him too."

Sadiq was a happy, playful one-and-a-half-year-old baby boy - a child Rajuma still cannot believe is gone.

After ripping him out of her arms, Rajuma says Myanmar soldiers hurled Sadiq into a fire.

She was then dragged into a house and gang-raped.

"I feel like I am burning on the inside," Rajuma says, before breaking down and screaming out for her dead mother.

Her parents, two of her sisters and her younger brother were also killed. Her husband, Rafiq, was the only other family member to survive.


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