True, these attacks took place, but were easily repulsed.They certainly do not justify attacking hundreds of thousands of defenceless Rohingya villagers over recent weeks.These traumatised refugees describe how the Myanmar army burnt their homes.

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Abdullah says he witnessed soldiers separate the Rohingya into three groups: men, young women (including girls as young as five) and old women or, as Abdullah chillingly described them 'those who are not so beautiful'. 'All the young men were shot at once,' recalls Abdullah.

Some villagers lay down to try to prevent themselves being forced into groups. 'It took less than ten minutes.'When the firing was over, the soldiers walked over to the pile of bodies to check for survivors.

Early in the morning on August 30, around 150 government soldiers and 100 Buddhist civilians appeared on foot in the north of the village.

Using rocket-launchers, the troops began setting houses on fire. As they ran, soldiers began shooting with what witnesses say were semi-automatic rifles. As villagers attempted to run for the jungle, a line of Buddhist civilians from non-Muslim villages holding long swords blocked their path. Soon, the entire village had gathered on a large sandbank on the river's edge.

As a journalist, I've reported from Darfur, where thousands of men, women and children were slaughtered in Western Sudan in 2003 in the civil war as rebels accused the government of oppressing black Africans in favour of Arabs.

I've witnessed the reign of terror of death squads in Iraq and, in 2010, I visited a Nigerian village where bodies lay rotting in wells or buried in shallow graves — a result of the terrifying religious hatred between Christians and Muslims.Critics say that the evidence appears overwhelming, that the Myanmar government is intent on the annihilation of the minority population of Rohingya Muslims.They say this is part of a policy of ethnic cleansing which has also meant that the minority has been denied citizenship and was mostly forced to live in ghetto-like camps.Rohingya refugee receive bananas from a Bangladeshi volunteer after crossing from Myanmar into Bangladesh.More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in Myanmar in August triggered an exodus Today, on the bloodstained border between Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and Bangladesh, the world is witnessing genocide again.They are frequently forced to hide in ditches, water-tanks and paddy fields. Survivors simply cannot understand why the world will not intervene and come to their rescue.'Please help us,' one old man asked as the rain poured down on his temporary home.