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The atrocious crimes in Myanmar may amount to genocide—we must not shy away from that word

The world must act now to protect the Rohingya, one of its most vulnerable populations

By Schona Jolly  

Rohingya refugees cross a creek to reach a refugee camps in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. Photo: NEWZULU/Suvra Kanti Das/NEWZULU/PA Images

As each day passes, new reports emerge of violent, depraved atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar by the country’s military. Babies tossed into fires, savage gang rapes, beheadings, villages razed by fire, destroying tens of thousands of homes and cold-blooded machete massacres, including of children. Meanwhile, the outside world stumbles over what steps to take, and what name they should give this devastating violence. Is it genocide, or should the UN…

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