In this excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary “Myanmar’s Killing Fields,” survivors of the Myanmar military’s violent crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority share their stories — and a number of them say Myanmar soldiers engaged in mass rape.
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“I was shot and fell in the rice field. I could not get up, I was in so much pain. Then four soldiers raped me,” 16-year-old Jamila Khatun, now living in a refugee camp across the border in Bangladesh, tells FRONTLINE.
Another survivor, Nur Begum, describes being rounded up and taken into the bushes, where she says a soldier shot dead a woman who tried to fight back.
“A soldier cut off her breast,” Begum says, sobbing. “He held it up like this and showed us and it was shaking. He said if we screamed, they would do the same to us.”
Then, she says, four or five soldiers raped her.
The Myanmar military denies abuses and insists that its recent campaign was solely a counter-insurgency “clearance operation” targeted against a militant Islamist Rohingya group, ARSA, that had attacked and killed security forces at police and army bases. But with secret footage filmed by a network of citizen activists, and firsthand accounts from victims and their families, the FRONTLINE documentary “Myanmar’s Killing Fields” depicts an orchestrated campaign to target civilians, state-sanctioned violence, and mass murder.
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