Last week the NPR published a report on gruesome crimes of the Myanmar security forces against the Rohingyas, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Rohingya Families Flee Persecution And Suffering In Myanmar For Bangladesh
With her 8-year-old son's head resting in her lap, Zubaida was sitting at home with some other women from her village in western Myanmar's Rakhine state when the military came — and the gunfire started.
"All the men from the village started running away, and my son ran with them," Zubaida, 25, says. He didn't get far: Myanmar soldiers shot him dead — in the back.
That evening, the soldiers came back.
"They didn't say anything," she says. "They just came with their guns into my house."
They raped her for almost an hour that time, Zubaida says. Two days later, the military returned and rounded up all the villagers. She says they separated the men from the women, beat the men and raped the women.
"Some tried to resist and got stabbed," she says. "That's why the rest of the women didn't hesitate, they didn't want to die."
Zubaida was one of those picked.
Her distraught father pleaded with the soldiers: "Why are you doing this?"
"We are not doing as much to you as we have been ordered to do in Oula Para," they replied, referring to a nearby village.
Both Zubaida's village, Naiyongsong, and Oula Para are in far west Rakhine near the border with Bangladesh.
The villagers in this story have chosen to use pseudonyms to protect family members in Myanmar from possible retribution.
The latest crackdown
Zubaida and her neighbors are Rohingya — a group the U.N. has described as one of the world's most persecuted people. The Muslim minority Rohingya have lived in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for centuries.