Today marks six years since genocide was committed against the Rohingya—an ethnic and religious minority group in Burma. We solemnly remember those who were killed and recognize the enduring trauma that continues to plague victims and survivors.
During the genocide, the Burmese military massacred men, women, and children. They destroyed homes, schools, and mosques. The following testimonies are from some of those who managed to escape. Their eyewitness accounts share what happened in the moments leading up to the horrific violence, and the atrocities they will never forget. They also reflect on what life was like before the attacks, and how decades of persecution took away their rights little by little, paving the way for genocide.
These stories show what Rohingya lives were once like and how decades of persecution culminated in genocide.