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In photos: Pulitzer Prize winner documents exodus of Rohingya refugees

THE coveted Pulitzer Prize for feature photography has this year been awarded to Reuters for their documentation of the exodus of Rohingya refugees from Burma into neighbouring Bangladesh. The United Nations estimates close to 700,000 Rohingya Muslim have made the trip since August 2017, when a brutal military crackdown began in response to rebel attacks on security forces in northern Rakhine State. Hamida, a Rohingya refugee woman, weeps as she holds her 40-day-old son after he died as their boat capsized before arriving on shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017. Source: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain A recent report from the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence found sexual violence had been “integral to their [Burma’s army] strategy, humiliating, terrorising and collectively punishing the Rohingya community”, adding that it was a “calculated tool to force them to flee their homelands and prevent their return.” Rohingya refugees cross...

 

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