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LAST_UPDATESat, 19 Aug 2017 10pm

Raped While Heavily Pregnant, Rohingya Woman Shares Darkest Moments

TEKNAF (Bangladesh), Feb 16 (Bernama) -- Raped while in advanced stage of pregnancy.

That was the darkest moment suffered by a teenage Rohingya now sheltering at a refugee camp in Leda here, a nightmare that recurs until today.

Wanting to be known only as Senuara, 19, the woman said she underwent the horrifying ordeal in early November 2015 when she tried to flee Arakan Province to a safer place.

Her ordeal continued as she was made a sex slave at the height of the oppression by the authorities in Arakan Province, Myanmar.

Initially, Senuara declined to relate her ordeal but later mustered enough courage to relate her plight.

Senuara said she wanted to put the horrifying experience behind and begin a new life at the camp.

"I am now living with two sons, aged two years and two months, and we are quite comfortable in the camp and are grateful that there are still people who care about our fate," she added.

More than 100,000 ethnic Rohingyas are currently sheltered at refugee camps in Leda, which are monitored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Rohingyas at the refugee camps are guarded by members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces and provided with adequate shelter.

Rohingyas, an ethnic group in north Myanmar have sought refuge in other countries when political and social turmoil erupted at their homeland in Arakan.

On Tuesday, the 'Nautical Aliya' ship which was carrying 2,000 tonnes of aid for Rohingya refugees through the 'Food Flotilla For Myanmar' mission arrived in Chittagong port.

The items will be distributed to three refugee camps in Kutupalong, Cox's Bazar and Teknaf, with the assistance of the Bangladesh Red Crescent and the International Organisation for Migration.

The ship left Port Klang on Feb 3 and unloaded a portion of the aid at Yangon Port in Myanmar, six days later.

-- BERNAMA