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Tatmadaw use Rohingya children as ‘human shield’

International Desk || shiningbd

Published: 19:37, 17 October 2020   Update: 19:37, 17 October 2020
Tatmadaw use Rohingya children as ‘human shield’

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Rohingya children are the victims of fighting between the army and rebels in Myanmar's Rakhine state. There are frequent incidents of child murder and torture. Myanmar's military sometimes uses children as human shields. The number has risen alarmingly in the last few months. Reports UN news.

Earlier this month, two children were killed by security forces in the northern city of Buthidaung. The United Nations has expressed deep concern. In a statement on Wednesday, the agency called for a "full, transparent and speedy investigation" into the killings.

According to the report published on UN News on Wednesday, the two boys were killed in a crossfire between Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, and the separatist Arakan Army. The incident occurred on 5 October in Buthidaung Township – a hotspot for army abuses against children for non-combat purposes, since mid-2019.

The children were part of a group of around 15 local farmers, all of whom were allegedly forced to walk in front of a Tatmadaw unit to ensure the path towards a military camp was clear of landmines, and to protect the soldiers from potential enemy fire.

On the way, fighting broke out between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army, after which the two boys were found dead with gunshot wounds.