“My father would beat us if we dared to go out by ourselves, or he’d beat our mother for allowing us to go out,” said Rahima, a 15-year-old Rohingya Muslim. “He used to say there were bad men everywhere, and it was his duty to protect us.”
But there was no protection for any of her family in September, when Myanmar troops burned their village in Rakhine State and sent them running for their lives. Her mother never made it out, her throat sliced by the blade of a Buddhist vigilante. Somewhere amid the chaos of flames, bullets and machetes, Rahima also lost her sister.
Then, as Rahima ran through a forest on the way to neighboring Bangladesh, three uniformed Myanmar soldiers grabbed her. For two nights, they kept her in a jungle clearing and gang-raped her, smoking methamphetamine to sustain the torture, she said.
Rahima asked to be identified only by her first name. Today, she lives alone in Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement, part of a sprawling network of camps in southeastern Bangladesh that has taken in more than 655,000 Rohingya since late August."
Read article by Hannah Beech from The New York Times.