Death camp sex slaves
“We were beaten morning and night,” says Hanif, 23, a scrawny Rohingya man who was stuck in a camp just nine months ago. “They’d beat us to convince our families to pay the ransom,” Hanif says.
“They’d also beat us randomly just to keep us weak so we couldn’t escape.” Hanif is one of half a dozen death camp survivors interviewed by Global Post in Thailand. All endured beatings, starvation and disease in the hidden prisons.
Boats packed with hundreds of Rohingya (as well as Bangladeshis) have already drifted onto the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia.
“Women in the camps have it especially bad,” says Salima, 30, who wasted away in a camp for months with her two children. But younger girls were often handpicked and led into the jungle. Why did I come to this terrible place only to lose my dignity?“We already live so close to death back home,” Salima says. Their ability to marry, work and travel is restricted by authorities.More than 150,000 have been violently routed into refugee camps where food and medicine is scarce and death is routine.All of the Rohingya interviewed by Global Post were aware that the sea journey might kill them. We think, ‘Well, I might as well risk dying at sea.’” In Myanmar, Rohingya have endured oppression for decades.Their decision to accept this risk is a testament to their bleak lives in Myanmar. Even Rohingya with long family histories in Myanmar are written off as Muslim invaders from neighboring Bangladesh.