Kill us here but don’t send us back to Myanmar: Rohingya Muslims in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: “We would prefer to be killed here rather than getting killed by Buddhist mobs and Burmese troops back at our native place in Myanmar,” said Yasmeen, a Rohingya Muslim girl, who lives along with other 16 Rohingya families in outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

She said several of her relatives have been killed in the latest violence by Buddhist mobs and troops in Myanmar.

At least 1000 people mostly Rohingya Muslims have been killed in fresh violence in Myanmar since last month and about 4 lakh people have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution by Burmese troops.

“My father and brother are in captivity of Burmese troops and I don’t know their fate. I don’t know whether they are alive or dead. My mother, brother, sister and sister-in-law have escaped to Bangladesh,” Yasmeen said.

She says she alongwith her husband and two children had fled Rakhine, Myanmar in 2012 after the violence by Buddhist mobs and troops.

“My sister-in-law and some of our relatives were killed by Buddhists and Myanmarese troops. They had set all Muslim houses in our village on fire and we were fortunate to escape from the place and reach India,” she said.

She said they reached Jammu, the winter capital of J&K, and stayed there for four years and lived as a United Nations (UN) designated refugee.

“We reached Kashmir last year and local people here are very supportive,” said Yasmeen.

At least 17 Rohingya Muslim families comprising about 70 souls are living in three houses of a religious seminary Darul Uloom Bilaliya in Khimber area in outskirts of Srinagar since last year. The Rohingya Muslim migrants are working as labourers.

Source : jknewsservice

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