Jessie Ware: What Rohingya refugees have seen is unspeakable

From BBC - February 11, 2018

Jessie Ware says children have been split from their families and seen loved ones die during the Rohingya refugee crisis.

More than 700,000 people have left Myanmar since August 2017.

The Rohingya are Muslims who are not recognised as people by the mainly-Buddhist country and have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence.

"What they have seen happen to their family, friends and neighbours is unspeakable," said Jessie.

The singer met Rohingya refugees as part of her work with charity Unicef.

More than 500,000 refugees are living in Cox's Bazar, a camp in Bangladesh, which neighbours Myanmar in South East Asia.

People living there say they fled when military troops started burning their villages and attacking and killing civilians.

Almost 60% of people affected are children, according to Unicef. Many arrive in the camps alone, having walked miles to cross the border.

"Children were everywhere, young children holding babies as if they were their parents. You ca not imagine what they have been through," Jessie told Newsbeat.

"One girl I met, a 16-year-old called Minara, had watched her mother and father be killed.

"Then in the chaos of running away from the military, she'd lost her younger brother and sister.

"She believes she will never see them again."

Yesterday, UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson met Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to talk about the crisis.


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