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Muslim Boy Carries Parents Nearly 100 Miles To Escape Myanmar Rohingya Violence

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As discrimination turned into violence for Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar, everyone lunged towards the borders abandoning their homeland looking for a peaceful refuge in another country.

In the hassle to outrun the Myanmar army's crackdown, the Rohingyas left all their belongings and ran for their lives. However, there was one young boy who couldn't leave his elderly parents behind to die.

So he took them with him.

Much like the Hindu mythological character Shravan Kumar, the young boy carried his parents in a double basket slung over his shoulder for nearly 100 miles in seven days before reaching the border of Bangladesh.

At the age when most youngsters go to school and colleges, this young boy had to carry his parents out of the jaws of death. He said, he couldn't bear the thought of leaving his parents behind.

Thousand other like him, including men women, children and elderly people are also going through similar dilemmas. Forced out of their homeland to find a new place to call home.

It all started when some Rohingya militants attacked the country's security forces on August 25 sparking a harsh military reprisal. The army took drastic measures and started targeting all Rohingya Muslims in the country.

Their lives have never been the same again. Ever since leaving home, an endless stream of Rohingyas have been living in the fields and forests crossing into Bangladesh.

They started burning villages and attacking civilians in order to drive the militants out, told a refugee.

So far, more than 3,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have reportedly fled to Bangladesh while another 40,000 have taken shelter in India.

According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by the military and Buddhist mobs. The refugees are fleeing the country with after fresh security operation looting and burning villages and killing men, women and children.