Starved Out

Adding to horrific rapes and killings against Rohingya Muslims, Burma’s military has weaponized food—enforcing crippling curfews, closing off access to diet staples like rice, and restricting food aid and trade.

Government access restrictions make it impossible to measure hunger’s true toll in northern Rakhine state—but new arrivals at Bangladeshi refugee camps are so malnourished that they resemble “pictures from the Nazi camps,” said Ismail Mehr, MD, who worked in the camps.

“It would have been better if they had just shot us instead of starving us out,” said Ahmed, one of nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.


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