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'Buddhist mob attacked madrasa at 02 midnight, killed over 200'
Friday July 10, 2015 1:18 AM, Staff Reporter

Recalling the horror and trauma they underwent, two Rohingya Muslims, who were in Malegaon to collect donations and Ramadan Zakat, said the community is facing worst humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and is in dire need of aid and support.

"The attack and killing of Muslims in Myanmar have become a norm. One night about six months ago, a Buddhist mob attacked and torched the madrasa founded by my father Jalaluddin Usmani and killed him", Adul Majeed Madani said while talking to

"Along with my father Jalaluddin Usmani, the Buddhist mob killed everyone including the teachers and teenaged students studying in the madrasa", he added.

Abdul Majeed Madani (37), along with Mohammad Jawwad (21), was living in Hyderabad as refugees. They were holding identity cards jointly issued by Govt of India and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mohammad Jawwad too faced similar tragedy. He said the Buddhists killed his father and two brothers in an attack.

"I beleived my mother and sisters too became victim of this anti-Muslim genocide. But, a couple of days before I am informed that they are safe", he said.

"I am now trying to somehow bring them to India", he added.

Jawwad and Abdul Majeed are among more than 3000 Rohingya Muslims who after fleeing from Myanmar are taking refuge in different parts of Hyderabad.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country's military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011. More than 250 people have been killed — most of them Muslims — and 140,000 others forced to flee their homes.

The unrest began in 2012 in the western state of Rakhine, where Buddhists accuse the Rohingya Muslim community of illegally entering the country and encroaching on their land. The violence, on a smaller scale but still deadly, spread earlier this year to other parts of Myanmar and has stirred up prejudice against Muslims.

Since 2012, 153,300 Rohingyas, about 10 percent of whom live in Myanmar, have boarded boats operated by human-traffickers in an attempt to reach Malaysia, according to data released by human rights organisation Arakan Project.

Several countries in the region and international organisations have blamed Myanmar for the exodus of immigrants, mainly Rohingyas, a Muslim minority fleeing persecution in the country.

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