In this photograph an ethnic Rohingya refugee who was among two boatloads of asylum-seekers carrying 184 people from Myanmar.
JOHANNESBURG – Doctors at camps in Bangladesh claim dozens of Rohingya Muslim women have injuries consistent with violent sexual attack.
The doctors’ accounts give weight to gang rape allegations levelled against Myanmar’s soldiers. However officials in Myanmar have dismissed the claims labelling them as militant propaganda.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called on the women to approach her officials and tell their story.
Eelier this month violence erupted in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine state, provoking a renewed military offensive which the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.
Doctors say the refugees face malnutrition and communicable diseases.